Inflammatory pseudotumor of the heart caused by Listeria monocytogenes infection

Adler, A.; Fimbres, A.; Marcinak, J.; Johnson, A.; Zheng, X.; Hasegawa, S.; Shulman, S. T.

J Infect. 2009 Feb 11; 58(2):161-3

Abstract

Inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) of the heart is rare and of unknown etiology. We present a case of cardiac IPT caused by Listeria monocytogenes that evolved following gastroenteritis in a previously healthy child. L. monocytogenes, known to cause acute invasive infections, has not been reported previously as a cause of cardiac infection in children or of IPT. The literature concerning infectious IPT is reviewed.

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