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Testicular swelling with pneumonia and septicaemia: a rare presentation of right-sided endocarditis

  • Chinnasamy S. Muthukumaran (a1), Poonamallee R. Govindaraj (a2) and Joseph Vettukattil (a1)

As far as we are aware, right-sided bacterial endocarditis has not previously been described as presenting with systemic illness and testicular swelling. We report a teenager who presented with this unusual combination as a consequence of right-sided endocarditis. He presented with high fever, with chills and rigor, along with painful enlargement of the left testicle, a productive cough with progressive breathlessness, and joint pains. His blood culture was positive for Staphylococcus aureus, and a computerised tomographic scan of the chest revealed multiple pulmonary emboluses. Ultrasound of the testicles showed features of inflammation, and an echocardiogram revealed a vegetation on the tricuspid valve.

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Correspondence to: Poonamallee R. Govindaraj, Paediatric Department, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Wales LL57 2PW, UK. Tel: +44 7863 127 813; Fax: +44 1248 384 556; E-mail:
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Cardiology in the Young
  • ISSN: 1047-9511
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