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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2013 Apr;16(4):547-8. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivs568. Epub 2013 Jan 17.

Blood in, blood out: left ventricular pseudoaneurysm following mitral valve endocarditis.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Anesthesiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. Ulrik.Sartipy@karolinska.se

Abstract

A 76-year old male on warfarin due to atrial fibrillation was admitted with Staphylococcus aureus septicaemia. Echocardiography demonstrated mitral valve endocarditis, and shortly thereafter, he suffered an intracranial haemorrhage as a result of septic embolism. Four weeks later, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed a newly formed pseudoaneurysm. A left ventricular pseudoaneurysm caused by infective endocarditis is very rare, but awareness of this unusual complication may allow surgery to prevent rupture.

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10.1093/icvts/ivs568
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