Case of pacemaker pocket infection caused by Finegoldia magna

Seyed Hamed Hosseini Dehkordi, Georgina Osorio

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Finegoldia magna (formerly called Peptostreptococcus magnus) is a Gram-positive anaerobic coccus which is increasingly recognized as an opportunistic pathogen. We present a case of F. magna associated non-valvular cardiovascular device-related infection in an 83 year-old male who received a permanent pacemaker for sick sinus syndrome seven weeks prior to his presentation. Five weeks after the implantation, the pacemaker and leads were explanted because of clinical evidence of pacemaker pocket infection. He was initially treated with sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim based on the Gram stain results from the removed pacemaker. However, two weeks later, he was readmitted with sepsis and was successfully treated with ampicillin-sulbactam. Culture results from the pacemaker and pocket as well as blood cultures grew F. magna. Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of F. magna infection when initial gram stain results show “gram positive cocci”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-136
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • Cardiovascular device-related infection
  • Finegoldia magna
  • Pacemaker pocket infection


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