Endocarditis, Meningitis and Pneumocystis Pneumonia
Infective endocarditis (IE) is associated with high morbidity and mortality despite advances in antibiotic and surgical treatment. Systemic embolism occurs in up to 49% of IE patients and may involve the major arteries, limb arteries, viscera and the central nervous system. In this report we describe a 60-year-old female patient with a history of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia who presented with endocarditis manifesting as stroke, acute limb ischaemia and meningitis. Early diagnosis is essential since treatment lowers the risk of embolism, with most events occurring within 2 weeks of treatment initiation.
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