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European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 35  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 1096 - 1098

An alternative surgical approach for aortic infective endocarditis: vegetectomy

X Chen, F Gu and D. Xie    

Abstract:

We describe a case of successful vegetectomy of the aortic valves for early infective endocarditis. An aortic vegetectomy was performed as an alternative to valve replacement for a 54-year-old man with three vegetations and mild regurgitation in aortic valve due to infective endocarditis. Postoperative clinical course was without signs of recurrent infection after follow-up of 19 months, and transesophageal echocardiography demonstrated aortic valve competence. We would suggest that vegetectomy with valve sparing may be a viable option in the context of early infective endocarditis involved aortic valve in selected patients.

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