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Heart Lung Circ. 2013 Jul;22(7):545-7. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2012.11.007. Epub 2012 Dec 14.

Mitral valve surgery for marantic endocarditis and multiple cerebral embolisation.

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  • 1Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, Peter Lougheed Hospital, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Calgary, Canada.


Valvular involvement is common in antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) with increased risk of thrombo-embolic events. We report a patient with APS and multiple cerebral infarcts. Echocardiography demonstrated verrucous vegetations of the mitral valve in keeping with marantic endocarditis. The patient underwent successful mitral valve replacement. Post-operative clinical and echocardiographic follow-up showed excellent short term results.

Copyright © 2012 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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