Austrian Syndrome: Pneumococcal Meningitis, Pneumonia and Endocarditis – a Case Report

Authors: J. Smetana 1;  P. Kosina 2;  V. Boštíková 1 ;  S. Plíšek 2;  Z. Hermanová 2;  P. Boštík 3;  J. Samek 4;  M. Tomš 5;  P. Rejtar 6;  R. Chlíbek 1
Authors‘ workplace: Katedra epidemiologie, FVZ UO, Hradec Králové 1;  Klinika infekčních nemocí LF UK a FN Hradec Králové 2;  Centrum pokročilých studií, FVZ UO, Hradec Králové 3;  Klinika anesteziologie, resuscitace a intenzívní medicíny LF UK a FN Hradec Králové 4;  I. interní kardioangiologická klinika LF UK a FN Hradec Králové 5;  Radiologická klinika LF UK a FN Hradec Králové 6
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2012; 75/108(4): 494-497
Category: Case Report


Austrian syndrome refers to concomitant meningitis, pneumonia and endocarditis in a patient infected with Streptococcus pneumoniae. We present a case report of a 37-year old patient admitted to the hospital with pneumococcal meningitis. He subsequently developed respiratory insufficiency and infectious endocarditis leading to an aortal valve defect. This defect was temporarily fixed with surgical implantation of an artificial valve that, however, had to be subsequently removed due to early insufficiency and replaced with a homo-graft. The patient was discharged 90 days after the initial admission in a good clinical condition.

Key words:
Austrian syndrome – meningitis – endocarditis – pneumonia – Strepto­coccus pneumoniae


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