A palpable tender abdominal mass in a patient with endocarditis on antibiotics for 5 weeks


Mycotic aneurysms are a rare finding in the post-antibiotic era but must still be considered as a cause of abdominal pain in a patient with endocarditis. We present a case of a 47-year-old man with a history of IV drug use and a prior episode of endocarditis who developed a mycotic aneurysm while hospitalized on IV antibiotic therapy for aortic valve endocarditis. Due to their life-threatening character and often lack of evident clinical picture, mycotic aneurysms should still remain in high suspicion for a patient with abdominal pain in the setting of endocarditis.

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Smeltzer, S. and Corman, L. (2013) A palpable tender abdominal mass in a patient with endocarditis on antibiotics for 5 weeks. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, 2, 58-59. doi: 10.4236/crcm.2013.21016.

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