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Transesophogeal echo

Lauren Card, Denene Lofland
The incidence of fungal endocarditis is increasing. While the pathogenic mechanisms are not fully understood, infection is associated with underlying heart disease and is most often attributable to Candida species. Candidal endocarditis complications include heart damage, inflammation, and emboli with resulting ischemia and tissue death. Candidal endocarditis is difficult to diagnose as blood cultures are often negative. Treatment includes surgical intervention and antifungal therapy. This case study describes a 41-year-old female complaining of acute onset of pain with numbness and tingling in both lower extremities...
2012: Clinical Laboratory Science: Journal of the American Society for Medical Technology
Paul Lajos, Nahidh Hasaniya, Walter Ehrman, Annees Razzouk
Malignancy of the pericardium is a very rare entity. We describe here a case of a 38-year-old male admitted because of chest pain and shortness of breath. Following magnetic resonance imaging and CT-guided biopsy of the mediastinal mass, spindle cell sarcoma of the pericardium was diagnosed. The tumor was deemed unresectable due to invasion of vital mediastinal structures. The patient then underwent neoadjuvant chemotherapy with three cycles of ifosfamide, doxorubicin, and mesran. This resulted in a noticeable reduction in tumor size confirmed by follow-up magnetic resonance imaging and repeat transesophogeal echo...
March 2004: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
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