Group B streptococcus tricuspid endocarditis presenting with arthralgia in a postpartum woman: a case report
Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ, UK
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:242 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-242Published: 14 August 2012
Infective endocarditis presenting with arthralgia is rare. Group B streptococcus tricuspid endocarditis as a postpartum complication is even rarer. The present case is an example of both.
We report the case of a 30-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with painful swelling of her wrists and ankles.
Even when the clinical presentation of systemic inflammation is more suggestive of a primary rheumatological disorder, it is important to remember that bacterial infection can also present in this manner. Group B streptococcus tricuspid valve endocarditis is a rare, but recognized, postpartum complication.