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J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1988 May;95(5):857-61.

Vegetectomy: an alternative surgical treatment for infective endocarditis of the atrioventricular valves in drug addicts.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Repatriation General Hospital, Concord, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

The case of a patient in whom two separate episodes of infective endocarditis were treated by excision of the infected vegetation ("vegetectomy") is reported. In carefully selected patients, early conservative operation may preserve the native valve and avoid the hazards of anticoagulative medication and prosthetic endocarditis in habitual drug abusers.

PMID:
3361933
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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