Successful treatment of Bartonella henselae endocarditis in a cat

Pérez, Cristina; Hummel, James B.; Keene, Ricardo G.; Diniz, Pedro P. V. P.; Breitschwerdt, Edward B. (2010). Successful treatment of Bartonella henselae endocarditis in a cat. Journal of feline medicine and surgery, 12(6), pp. 483-486. Sage / Elsevier 10.1016/j.jfms.2009.12.018

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This report describes the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of a cat with vegetative valvular endocarditis temporally associated with natural infection with Bartonella henselae. Lethargy, abnormal gait and weakness were the main clinical signs that resulted in referral for diagnostic evaluation. Using a novel and sensitive culture approach, B henselae was isolated from the blood. Following antibiotic therapy there was total resolution of clinical signs, the heart murmur, the valvular lesion by echocardiography, and no Bartonella species was isolated or amplified from a post-treatment blood culture. In conjunction with previous case reports, infective endocarditis can be associated with natural B henselae infection in cats; however, early diagnosis and treatment may result in a better prognosis than previously reported.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic

UniBE Contributor:

Pérez Vera, Cristina

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

1098-612X

Publisher:

Sage / Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Cristina Pérez Vera

Date Deposited:

25 Apr 2014 15:02

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 01:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jfms.2009.12.018

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.40377

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/40377

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