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Minerva Anestesiologica 2003 October;69(10):801-6

Copyright © 2003 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Cytomegalovirus endocarditis. A case report and a review of the literature

Berlot G., Bussani R.

1 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy 2 Department of Pathology University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy


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The authors describe the case of a 75-year-old man admitted to our intensive care unit due to coma and respiratory failure; the history revealed a chronic renal failure due to an ANCA+ arteritis; subsequently, he developed a thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura which was treated with plasma exchange. During his clinical course the patient developed polymicrobial and fungine sepsis and ultimately died. The autopsy demonstrated a severe cytomegalovirus endocarditis, which is extremely uncommon in non-immunodepressed patients as those receiving a solid-organ transplantation.

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