A Case of Infective Endocarditis with Incarcerated Vegetation in Mitral Orific

(Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kurashiki-Central Hospital, Okayama, Japan and Present address:Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Onomichi General Hospital*, Onomichi, Japan)

Tomokuni Furukawa* Tatsuhiko Komiya Nobunari Tamura
Genichi Sakaguchi Taira Kobayashi Akihito Matsushita
Gengo Sunagawa , Takashi Murashita
A 69-year-old woman was admitted with fever and dyspnea. We diagnosed the congestive heart failure due to infective endocarditis(IE)with mitral valve regurgitation and stenosis. We immediately started medical therapy in order to control both the heart failure and the infection. However, we had to semi-emergency mitral valve replacement additionally perform a days after the initial hospitalized due to a progression of the heart failure. The operative findings showed an area of vegetation to be incarcerated in the mitral orifice. In cases of IE which are associated with mitral stenosis, we therefore should consider the possibility that vegetation may be present in the mitral orifice and closely follow such patients by echocardiography.
  Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 38:31-34(2009)