Author(s): Gunn TM, Raz GM, Turek JW, Farivar RS
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii, an uncommon intracellular bacterium found in livestock and domesticated dogs and cats. A minority of patients who acquire acute Q fever will subsequently develop chronic Q fever endocarditis, which often manifests in valvular insufficiency. METHOD: We review recent literature and report the clinical presentation, treatment, and serology of three surgical patients with Q fever. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Three patients with Q fever were successfully treated at our institution, including the first known case of a C. burnetii infection manifesting in a pediatric patient with isolated aortic coarctation. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
This article was published in J Card Surg
and referenced in Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health