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Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 1989;3(3):270-2.

Aspergillus ball thrombus occluding a homograft conduit.

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Cardiac Surgical Unit, Bristol Royal Infirmary, UK.

Abstract

Almost total occlusion of an aortic homograft conduit by a ball of Aspergillus terreus was found postmortem in a 6-month-old infant following repair of a type I truncus arteriosus. Signs of pulmonary hypertensive crisis, fever, anaemia, and thrombocytopenia were present. However, blood cultures were persistently negative. A 2-D echocardiogram failed to demonstrate any vegetation. The clinical, pathological, and postmortem findings are described and difficulties in the diagnosis of Aspergillus infection are discussed.

PMID:
2624793
DOI:
10.1016/1010-7940(89)90078-x
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