Bacterial Endocarditis & Stroke
A 24 year old male, and a recent college graduate, was seen by his family
care physician for recurrent fever and possible liver dysfunction. Over
the following six months, he returned to his family doctor seven times
with complaints of: persistent fever, chest pain, dramatic weight loss,
fatigue, lack of appetite, and night sweats. These are textbook signs
and symptoms for bacterial endocarditis; however, they went unrecognized.
After presenting to the hospital, this young man was diagnosed with bacterial
endocarditis, but not before he suffered a stroke. As a result, this young
man was left with permanent neurological deficits, all of which could
have been prevented.