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Chirurgia 2014 April;27(2):105-7

Copyright © 2014 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Treatment of fungal endocarditis using a cryopreserved aortic homograft

Keate B. R. 1, Doty J. R. 2

1 Intermountain Medical Center 5169 S. Cottonwood Street, Murray, UT, USA; 2 Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Intermountain Medical Center 5169 S. Cottonwood Street, Murray, UT, USA


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A 45-year-old man developed fungal endocarditis on a prosthetic aortic valve approximately 18 months after the initial valve replacement. Treatment included aggressive antibiotic therapy and surgical replacement of infected material. Our experience suggests that cryopreserved homograft valves exhibit excellent freedom from recurrent infections, and should be the gold standard prosthetic valve in the case of fungal prosthetic endocarditis.

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