Diphtheroids in Blood Cultures Could Be Streptococcus mutans: A Case of Infective Endocarditis Diagnosed After 16 Months

Simsek-Yavuz S., Basaran S. , Aliyev V., Midilli K., Cagatay A., Ozsut H. , ...More

KLIMIK JOURNAL, vol.28, no.3, pp.122-125, 2015 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/kd.2015.25
  • Title of Journal : KLIMIK JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-125


A case of infective endocarditis (IE) presented with fatigue, lowgrade fever, painful nodular lesions and intracranial haemorrhage and diagnosed after 16 months is reported. A 35-year-old woman without any previous disease was investigated at different medical departments during these 16 months. Despite the detection of an underlying valvular heart disease by echocardiography, the patient was thought to have vasculitis because of absence of vegetations and presence of autoantibodies including rheumatoid factor, perinuclear and cytoplasmic antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies. IE was suspected because of multiple cerebral mycotic aneurysms revealed in magnetic resonance imaging, and subsequent blood cultures yielded Gram-positive diphtheroid rods after three days of incubation. Although the organism was identified as Listeria sp. by biochemical identification tests, 16S rRNA analysis revealed that it was Streptococcus mutans. It is concluded that several autoantibodies could be positive in IE cases and vegetation could not be seen by echocardiography and S. mutans could be seen as diphtheroids in blood cultures.