Journal of Primary Care Specialties

: 2021  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 91--93

A case of left-sided infective endocarditis in intravenous drug abuser with mycotic aneurysm and myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronaries

Nitin Rustogi, Suguna Kari 
 Department of Medicine, ABVIMS and RML Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Nitin Rustogi
Department of Medicine, ABVIMS and RML Hospital, New Delhi - 110 001


Left-sided Infective endocarditis (IE) is an uncommon occurrence in intravenous drug users (IVDU) in clinical practice. This case describes a 28-year-old male IVDU who presented with abdominal pain, fever, and breathlessness and diagnosed with aortic valve IE. This case highlights the possibility of left-sided IE in IVDU and rare complications of ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction with Non-obstructive Coronaries and Mycotic Aneurysm (MA) associated with it.

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Rustogi N, Kari S. A case of left-sided infective endocarditis in intravenous drug abuser with mycotic aneurysm and myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronaries.J Prim Care Spec 2021;2:91-93

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Left sided endocarditis is associated with higher risks of systemic embolization of septic foci than right sided endocarditis, which then form nidus for mycotic aneurysm. Mycotic Aneurysms (MA) are commonly found in intracranial arteries compared to visceral arteries. Here is a case IVDU who presented with left sided endocarditis, who later on developed ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction and Mycotic Aneurysm of Aorta

 Case Report

A 28-year-old male with a history of intravenous drug abuse presented to the emergency department with complaints of fever abdominal pain, and breathlessness for the past 10 days. On examination, the patient was febrile (102°F), blood pressure of 100/40 mmHg, pulse rate 130/min with bounding pulses, and respiratory rate 24/min. Systemic examination revealed hepatosplenomegaly, early diastolic murmur in the neo-aortic area and bilateral basal crepitations.

Laboratory findings revealed a total leukocyte count of 18,000/mm3 with neutrophilia and deranged renal functions. Ultrasonography of the abdomen was done to evaluate abdominal pain, which showed multiple hypoechoic areas in the spleen suggestive of splenic abscesses. As index of suspicion of endocarditis was high in this patient 2 dimensional (2D) Echocardiography was done which showed severe aortic regurgitation with an oscillating mass of 2.5 cm. The patient was started on antibiotics after taking three sets of blood cultures from different sites. After an incubation period of 48 h Enterococcus was grown and antibiotics were tailored according to sensitivity. On the 5th day of admission, the patient developed sudden chest pain associated with feeling of impending doom and diaphoresis, urgent electrocardiogram was done which showed ST-segment elevation in leads II, III, AVF, and V2-V5 [Figure 1], and cardiac troponins were raised. 2D ECHO revealed hypokinesia of anterior, anteroseptal, and anterolateral with Ejection Fraction 35%.{Figure 1}

Computerized tomography (CT) aortography showed saccular outpouching of size 8 mm × 18 mm × 15 mm (AP × TR × CC) arising from the left anterolateral wall of the aortic root at sinus level suggestive of the mycotic aneurysm (MA), neck of the aneurysm 16 mm and dome measured 18 mm [Figure 2]. However, CT coronary angiography did not show any obstruction.{Figure 2}

Hence, a final diagnosis of Native Aortic valve Enterococcal Endocarditis in IVDU complicated by Mycotic Aneurysm and Myocardial Infarction with Non Obstructive Coronaries (MINOCA) was made.


Infective endocarditis (IE) involves the right side of the heart more commonly in IVDU as compared to the left side. In the year 1950, IE was recognized as a complication of intravenous drug use, less commonly affecting the left side of the heart.[1] Younger males are frequently affected by IE after drug use as compared to nonusers.[2] In this age group, Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of IE.[3]

Endocarditis in 5%–15% of the patients is caused by enterococci and it usually occurs in the older age group, particularly men.

The presentation of enterococcal endocarditis is typically subacute and infrequently associated with peripheral stigmata of endocarditis. Risk factors for enterococcal endocarditis may include urinary tract infection or instrumentation.

MA is a rare, potential complication of IE that carries significant mortality risk. The pathogenesis begins with bacterial infiltration into the vessel wall, which may occur directly through trauma, by local extension from an existing infection, or by seeding from a distant site through septic embolism or bacteremia. A robust inflammatory response ensues, resulting in rapid, focal wall degeneration.[4]

Acute coronary syndrome is a rare complication in IE, account for only 3% in this population. The mechanism is mostly attributed to the obstructive lesion, such as coronary embolism, obstruction of the coronary ostia by large vegetation, or coronary artery compression due to abscess or pseudoaneurysms formation.[5] Yeoh et al. reported that myocardial infarction is a rare complication of bacterial IE due to coronary artery septic emboli, representing only <1% of complications related to IE.[6] Rischin et al. reported a case of multi embolic STEMI after aortic valve endocarditis.[7] Singh et al. reported a case of acute inferior wall STEMI after aortic valve endocarditis due to septic embolism.[8] Regmi et al. also reported a case of STEMI secondary to coronary embolization from mitral valve endocarditis.[9] However, there is only one case reported by Liu et al. which showed STEMI with nonobstructive coronaries secondary to IE.[10]

This case highlights the rare complications of IE and challenges the notion that it classically affects the right side of the heart in IVDU. Endocarditis of the left side is mostly caused with S. aureus but in our case, it was caused by Enterococcus bacteria.

 Key Points

Infective endocarditis can affect left side of the heart in IVDUEnterococcal endocarditis may be fatalMycotic aneurysm is rare but fatal complication of IEMI in infective endocarditis should be suspected in patients who have sudden worsening in clinical condition.

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