Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infective endocarditis with Panton-Valentine leukocidin gene in an injection drug user with HIV infection

Hung Chin Tsai, Pei Jiuan Chao, Cheng Len Sy, Susan Shin Jung Lee, Yao Shen Chen, Shue Ren Wann, Yung Ching Liu

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Reports of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) isolates carrying Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) gene that causes infective endocarditis in injection drug users (IDUs) with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are rare in the, English language literature. We present a case of CA-MRSA infective endocarditis with bilateral septic lung emboli in a previously healthy 45-year-old IDU. This case suggests that PVL gene-positive CA-MRSA should be considered as a potential pathogen in IDUs with infective endocarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1485-1489
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Infective endocarditis
  • Intravenous drugs user
  • Methicillin-resistant
  • Staphylococcus aureus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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