P.A.N. CHANDRARATNA, M.D., M.R.C.P.; R.B. REAGAN, M.D.; T. IMAIZUMI, M.D.; E. LANGEVIN, M.D.; R.C. ELKINS, M.D.
Infective endocarditis of the tricuspid valve is often seen in drug addicts who use the intravenous route. Although antibiotic therapy is the initial mode of therapy in these patients, surgical replacement of the infected valve may have to be done in those subjects who do not respond to medical treatment (1). Surgical resection of a vegetation, without valve replacement, has not been previously reported. We describe a patient with infective endocarditis unresponsive to medical management, whose infection was cured by resection of a large tricuspid vegetation.
A 31-year-old woman, who admitted to a history of intravenous drug abuse, presented with
CHANDRARATNA P, REAGAN R, IMAIZUMI T, LANGEVIN E, ELKINS R. Infective Endocarditis Cured by Resection of a Tricuspid Valve Vegetation. Ann Intern Med. ;89:517–518. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-4-517
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(4):517-518.
Cardiology, Endocarditis, Infectious Disease, Valvular Heart Disease.
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