Community-acquired MRSA pericarditis

Anupama Shivaraju*, Jane Luu, Christina Bratis, Nausheen Akhter, Thomas Stamos

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Only 2 cases of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) pericarditis have been reported in the English literature. Over the last 15 years, CA-MRSA has emerged as an increasingly common pathogen that is genetically and epidemiologically different from hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA). our case, involving a 34-year-old African-American woman with pericarditis, highlights the emerging profile of CA-MRSA as a virulent bacterium with a predilection towards skin infections in young patients. Community-acquired MRSA infection is not traditionally associated with severe disease, but as its incidence continues to increase, this may change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalCardiology Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Shivaraju, A., Luu, J., Bratis, C., Akhter, N., & Stamos, T. (2008). Community-acquired MRSA pericarditis. Cardiology Review, 25(1), 39-43.