Prosthetic Aortic Valve and Root Endocarditis

  • Gosta B. Pettersson
  • Rajesh Ramankutty
  • Brian Griffin
  • Thomas Fraser
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Abstract

Prosthetic aortic valve endocarditis is a progressive and serious disease. Today, with good diagnostic methods, antibiotic regimens, and improved surgical techniques and experience, most patients are expected to survive and be cured. Cure requires prompt and aggressive diagnosis, optimal antibiotic treatment, and, most often, well-timed and executed surgery. These operations are difficult and require experience, as illustrated by the wide variations in outcomes in different series. Operations for prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) require understanding of the pathology and familiarity with all the tools necessary to reconstruct the heart.

Keywords

Catheter Perforation Gentamicin Candida Staphylococcus 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gosta B. Pettersson
    • 1
  • Rajesh Ramankutty
    • 1
  • Brian Griffin
    • 2
  • Thomas Fraser
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgical Director of Lung Transplant UnitCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cardiovascular MedicineCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Division of Cardiac Infections, Department of Infections DiseasesCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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