Endocarditis on a Bjork-Shiley Mitral Prosthesis due to Neisseria Meningitidis.
To our knowledge, there has been reported only one previous case of prosthetic valve endocarditis due to Neisseria meningitidis. In describing a second fatal case, we emphasize the difficulty of clinical diagnosis due to lack of characteristic high fever, murmur, skin rash, or splenomegaly. This lack of findings plus the chronic, intermittent course suggest a rare occurrence of endocarditis complicating chronic meningococcemia with an acute exacerbation, leading to rapid decompensation and death.
Dennis, Jon MD; Edwards, L.D.; Fisher, T.N.; and Makeever, L., "Endocarditis on a Bjork-Shiley Mitral Prosthesis due to Neisseria Meningitidis." (1977). Articles. 115.