Journal Article

Multiple aorto-right cavitary fistula: a rare complication of prosthetic valvular endocarditis in intravenous drug users

Sergio Moral, Jaime Aboal and Manel Morales

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging

Published on behalf of European Society of Cardiology

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 374-375
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 2047-2404
Published online January 2009 | e-ISSN: 2047-2412 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jen328
Multiple aorto-right cavitary fistula: a rare complication of prosthetic valvular endocarditis in intravenous drug users

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Aorto-cavitary fistula is an infrequent complication in infective endocarditis as well as multiple fistula, being the most rare among intracardiac fistulas. The pronogsis of infective endocarditis worsens if there are fistulas associated, exceeding the mortality over 40% despite aggressive surgical treatment. Although transoesophageal echocardiography offers a better sensitivity and specificity, sometimes transthoracic echocardiography is enough to obtain these infrequent pictures that we present.

Keywords: Aorto-cavitary fistula; Infective endocarditis; Intravenous drug user

Journal Article.  355 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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