A peculiar case of invasive streptococcus pneumoniae
Ahmed, Adeel Rafi
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Ahmed, Adeel Rafi; Townsend, Liam; Tuite, Helen; Fleming, Catherine (2017). A peculiar case of invasive streptococcus pneumoniae. Case Reports in Infectious Diseases ,
Patients commonly present to the emergency department with acute respiratory distress; however, the differentials are broad and at times difficult to distinguish. We describe a case of severe community-acquired pneumonia ( CAP) secondary to invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae. The patient was intubated within 3 h of presentation and suffered multiorgan failure within 72 h of intensive care unit (ICU) admission. This case is a stark illustration of how the most common bacteria associated with CAP can be fatal and highlights the associated markers of severity. It also outlines other potential complications including a very rare phenomenon of cardiomyopathy with myocarditis associated with S. pneumoniae bacteraemia.