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Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Jun;91(6):e92-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.01.102.

Culture of a prosthetic valve excised for streptococcal endocarditis positive for Aspergillus fumigatus 20 years after previous A fumigatus endocarditis.

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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiology Hospital, Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Lille, Lille, France.

Abstract

Culture of a mitral valve prosthesis excised for streptococcal endocarditis yielded Aspergillus fumigatus. The patient had undergone valve replacement 20 years earlier for A fumigatus endocarditis. Data suggest that quiescent A fumigatus may have survived in a biofilm on the surface of the prosthesis. An antifungal therapy was initiated for 6 months.

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