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Hiroaki Osada, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Katsuaki Meshii, Motoaki Ohnaka
A 75-year-old man who had undergone ascending aorta replacement for acute Type A aortic dissection presented with a recurring high fever. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed that a vegetation had formed on the re-dissected intimal flap of the noncoronary sinus of Valsalva. This didactic case suggests that antibiotic prophylactic measures be considered for aortic dissection flaps as for irregular valves susceptible to infective endocarditis.
February 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
Maria João Sousa, Vasco Alves, Sofia Cabral, Nuno Antunes, Luís Sousa Pereira, Filomena Oliveira, João Silveira, Severo Torres
Mitral valve aneurysms are rare and occur most commonly in association with aortic valve endocarditis. Transesophageal echocardiography is the most sensitive imaging modality for the diagnosis of this entity and its potential complications, such as leaflet rupture and mitral regurgitation, which mandate prompt surgical intervention. We present the case of a 70-year-old male patient with aortic valve endocarditis complicated with a ruptured aneurysm of the anterior mitral valve leaflet and associated severe mitral regurgitation, diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography, with impressive images...
October 17, 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
E Faure, O Cannesson, G Schurtz, A Coisne, A Vincentelli, K Faure, B Guery
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 17, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
D J Murphy, A R Keraliya, M D Agrawal, A Aghayev, M L Steigner
Aortic infections are uncommon clinical entities, but are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. In this review, we focus on the cross-sectional imaging appearance of aortic infections, including aortic valve endocarditis, pyogenic aortitis, mycotic aneurysm and aortic graft infections, with an emphasis on CT, MRI and PET/CT appearance. Teaching Points • Aortic infections are associated with high morbidity and mortality. • CT, MRI and FDG PET/CT play complementary roles in aortic infection imaging...
October 19, 2016: Insights Into Imaging
Meki Bilici, Fikri Demir, Murat Muhtar Yılmazer, Fatma Bozkurt, Volkan Tuzcu
BACKGROUND: The clinical spectrum of Brucella infection is quite diverse and characterized by multi-system involvement. Patients present with myocarditis, endocarditis, or pericarditis. Infective endocarditis is the most common cardiovascular complication in patients with brucellosis. Although conduction abnormalities are seen in cases with endocarditis, they are reported very rarely in the setting of cardiac Brucella infection. CASE REPORT: An eight and a half-year-old male patient was referred to our clinic due to inadequate response to cotrimaxazole plus streptomycin treatment at the 15th day of admission...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Andre Paixao, Mehmet Cilingiroglu
Paravalvular leak (PVL) remains as uncommon but serious complication after surgical prosthetic valve implantation. PVL when associated which congestive heart failure, hemolytic anemia, or infective endocarditis may require percutaneous treatment. High-surgical risk is common in this population. Dedicated PVL devices are lacking often limiting optimal treatment.
October 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Mar Llamas-Velasco, Victoria Alegría, Ángel Santos-Briz, Lorenzo Cerroni, Heinz Kutzner, Luis Requena
We review the most characteristic clinical and histopathologic findings of the cutaneous manifestations of the occlusive nonvasculitic vasculopathic disorders. Clinically, most of these conditions are characterized by retiform purpura. Histopathologic findings consist of occlusion of the vessel lumina with no vasculitis. Different disorders may produce nonvasculitic occlusive vasculopathy in cutaneous blood and lymphatic vessels, including embolization due to cholesterol and oxalate emboli, cutaneous intravascular metastasis from visceral malignancies, atrial myxomas, intravascular angiosarcoma, intralymphatic histiocytosis, intravascular lymphomas, endocarditis, crystal globulin vasculopathy, hypereosinophilic syndrome, and foreign material...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
M Palaniappan, Padmini V Usha, P Balamurugan, Sree P Sanbaka, B Vetriveeran, Hrudya Venugopal, S Rajesh, M Gayathri, M Raveendran
We report a case of isolated native tricuspid valve infective endocarditis caused by Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus in a non-IV drug abuser without structural heart disease. Early diagnosis and prompt initiation of appropriate treatment saved the patient without surgical intervention. The recent trend of Coagulase Negative Staphylococci (CoNS) causing native valve endocarditis (NVE) is reviewed with literature.
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Morgane Choquet, Emilie Pluquet, Sandrine Castelain, Raphaël Guihéneuf, Véronique Decroix
BACKGROUND: Aggregatibacter aphrophilus, a commensal of the oro-pharyngeal flora and member of the HACEK group of organisms, is an uncommonly encountered clinical pathogen. It has already been described as the causative agent of brain abscesses, empyema, meningitis, sinusitis, otitis media, bacteriemia, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, peritonitis, endocarditis and wound infections. Herein we report the first case of bartholinitis due to A. aphrophilus. CASE PRESENTATION: A 33-year-old woman was admitted for a 3-day genital pain without fever and urinary functional signs...
October 18, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Kun Liu, Chunxia Yang, Yongna Zhang, Xunhui Yuan, Hang Xiao, Yun'an Bai, Bin Xi
Brain abscess is a rare but potentially lethal infection of brain parenchyma, requiring prompt surgical intervention and high-dose antibiotic therapy. Brain abscess is a known complication of surgically treated intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), but it is exceptionally rare that it occurs at the same site of a nonoperated ICH. Such cases may result from hematogenous spread from distant foci (pneumonia, infectious endocarditis) or contiguous sites. Herein, the authors report a case of 75-year-old woman presenting with a brain abscess 6 weeks after a nonoperated ICH...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Agathe Gerwina Elena Pollmann, Marianne Frederiksen, Eva Prescott
PURPOSE: Evidence of the effect of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) after heart valve surgery is scarce, but nevertheless CR is recommended for this group of patients. Therefore, this study assessed the effect of CR on exercise capacity, cardiovascular risk factors, and long-term mortality and morbidity, as well as predictors for enrolment in or failing to complete CR. METHODS: A review of medical records identified 250 patients who underwent heart valve surgery between January 2009 and August 2013...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Naveena Jagadeeshan, Shilpa Jayaprakash, Raghu Thagachagere Ramegowda, Cholenahally Nanjappa Manjunath, V Lavanya
Corynebacterium striatum (C. striatum) is a ubiquitous saprophyte with a potential to cause bacteremia. We report the first case of C. striatum endocarditis in a patient with congenital lymphedema and rheumatic heart disease.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Shaik Subhani, Amar N Patnaik, Ramachandra Barik, Lalita Nemani
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is known for nosocomial habitat. Infective endocarditis due to this organism is rare and challenging because of resistance to multiple broad-spectrum antibiotic regimens. Early detection and appropriate antibiotic based on culture sensitivity reports are the key to its management. We report the diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of two cases of infective endocarditis caused by S. maltophilia.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Rei-Yeuh Chang, Chien-Chang Chen, Wei-Pang Hsu, Pei-Ching Hsiao, Han-Lin Tsai, Ping-Gune Hsiao, Jiann-Der Wu, How-Ran Guo
BACKGROUND: Avulsion of the aortic valve commissure as a cause of acute aortic valve regurgitation is mostly due to trauma, infective endocarditis, or ascending aortic dissection. Nontraumatic avulsion of the aortic valve commissure is very rare. We reviewed the literature and analyzed potential risk factors of nontraumatic avulsion. CASE PRESENTATION: An 80-year-old male with hypertension was seen in the emergency department with acute onset dyspnea. Echocardiogram revealed left ventricular hypertrophy with adequate systolic function, prolapse of the noncoronary cusp, and incomplete coaptation of the right coronary and noncoronary cusps with severe aortic valve regurgitation...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Marie-Paule Guillaume, François Dubos, François Godart
We report the case of a 2-year-old boy with severe Langerhans cell histiocytosis who had tricuspid endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus lugdunensis and required surgery despite appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Through this case and literature review of endocarditis caused by S. lugdunensis in children, we highlight pitfalls and mistakes to be avoided in the management of this rare but serious infection.
October 17, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
Tsutomu Mito, Yusuke Hirota, Shingo Suzuki, Kazutaka Noda, Takanori Uehara, Yoshiyuki Ohira, Masatomi Ikusaka
A 65-year-old Japanese man was admitted with a 4-month history of fatigue and exertional dyspnea. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a vegetation on the aortic valve and severe aortic regurgitation. Accordingly, infective endocarditis and heart failure were diagnosed. Although a blood culture was negative on day 7 after admission, a prolonged blood culture with subculture was performed according to the patient's history of contact with cats. Consequently, Bartonella henselae was isolated. Bartonella species are fastidious bacteria that cause blood culture-negative infective endocarditis...
2016: Internal Medicine
Azusa Murata, Kenji Inoue, Sonomi Maruyama, Shigekazu Iguchi, Manabu Sugita, Makoto Hiki, Shinya Okazaki, Iwao Okai, Yasumasa Fujiwara, Masataka Sumiyoshi, Taira Yamamoto, Atsushi Amano, Masao Daimon, Hiroyuki Daida
A healthy teenage Japanese girl was admitted to our hospital after experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. She had attempted to commit suicide by taking 4,950 mg of disopyramide and 12 mg of flunitrazepam. Mechanical cardiopulmonary support was started with percutaneous cannulation of the femoral vessels. Several days later, a blood culture tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a large mobile and solid mass attached to the apical part of the left ventricle. To the best of our knowledge, the anatomical location of a pedunculated mass originating from the apex is a rare condition...
2016: Internal Medicine
Grazia Casavecchia, Matteo Gravina, Michele Correale, Antonio Totaro, Luca Macarini, Matteo Di Biase, Natale Daniele Brunetti
We report a case of Loeffler's endocarditis in a 44-year old female with asthma and arthralgia. Beyond diagnosis, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging may allow for a detailed definition of cardiac involvement and non-invasive follow up.
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Anna Gomes, Andor W J M Glaudemans, Daan J Touw, Joost P van Melle, Tineke P Willems, Alexander H Maass, Ehsan Natour, Niek H J Prakken, Ronald J H Borra, Peter Paul van Geel, Riemer H J A Slart, Sander van Assen, Bhanu Sinha
Sensitivity and specificity of the modified Duke criteria for native valve endocarditis are both suboptimal, at approximately 80%. Diagnostic accuracy for intracardiac prosthetic material-related infection is even lower. Non-invasive imaging modalities could potentially improve diagnosis of infective endocarditis; however, their diagnostic value is unclear. We did a systematic literature review to critically appraise the evidence for the diagnostic performance of these imaging modalities, according to PRISMA and GRADE criteria...
October 13, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Jose Loureiro-Amigo, Silvia Pons, Montserrat Sierra, Yolanda Meije
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 12, 2016: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
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