Surgical Strategy in Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis

  • Horatiu MoldovanEmail author
  • Adrian Molnar
  • Victor Costache
  • Ecaterina Bontaş


Until recent years, the infective endocarditis of the right heart was considered extremely rare. In the last 20 years the incidence of this disease is increasing, especially for the isolated tricuspid valve infective endocarditis. Most frequent causes are: drug abuse, uterine infections, cardiac implantable electronic devices like pacemakers/defibrillators leads, other intracardiac devices or cardiac malformations. Medical treatment with antibiotics is the mainstay option but surgery is often required for a group of patients. Surgical interventions include valvectomy (total excision of the tricuspid valve without substitution), reconstruction or valve replacement. Surgical strategy in tricuspid valve endocarditis can produce satisfactory results. The clear indication and timing of surgery remain debatable. Association with intravenous antibiotics is of paramount importance. Conservative techniques are the first choice but replacement remains an option when repair is not feasible. However, there is no clear evidence supporting one technique over another.


Endocarditis Tricuspid valve Tricuspid valve repair Tricuspid valve re-placement Right heart endocarditis Intravenous drug abuser endocarditis Intracardiac electronic devices endocarditis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Horatiu Moldovan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Adrian Molnar
    • 5
    • 6
  • Victor Costache
    • 7
  • Ecaterina Bontaş
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryTitu Maiorescu UniversityBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Department of Cardiovascular Biomaterials, Department of Science and Engineering in BiomaterialsPolitehnica University of Bucharest (UPB)BucharestRomania
  3. 3.Romanian Academy of Medical SciencesBucharestRomania
  4. 4.Department of Cardiovascular SurgerySanador Clinical HospitalBucharestRomania
  5. 5.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryUniversity of Medicine and PharmacyCluj-NapocaRomania
  6. 6.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryHeart Institute “Niculae Stancioiu”Cluj-NapocaRomania
  7. 7.Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic SurgeryPOLISANO HospitalSibiuRomania
  8. 8.Department of Cardiology“Prof. C.C. Iliescu” Emergency Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases BucharestBucharestRomania

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