Ductus arteriosus aneurysm with community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection and spontaneous rupture: A potentially fatal quandary

Audra Stewart, Umesh Dyamenahalli, S. Bruce Greenberg, Jonathan Drummond-Webb

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Abstract

We present the case of a 6-month-old previously healthy girl who presented with high fever, labored breathing, and an enlarged cardiac silhouette on her chest radiograph. Comprehensive evaluation discovered a ductus arteriosus aneurysm and pericardial effusion with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. Despite pericardiocentesis and appropriate intravenous antibiotics, there was rapid enlargement of the aneurysm and accumulation of echogenic material within the ductus arteriosus aneurysm. Infected aneurysm rupture was identified during emergency surgery. This infant also had vocal cord paresis, a likely complication of the surgery. The clinical course, diagnosis, and treatment of this patient are discussed. Infection of a ductus arteriosus or an infected ductal arteriosus aneurysm is a rare and potentially fatal clinical entity. In the era of increasing community-acquired methicillinresistant S aureus infections, this is a diagnosis that requires a high index of suspicion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1259-e1262
JournalPediatrics
Volume117
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Keywords

  • Cardiology
  • Ductus arteriosus aneurysm
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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