Fatal aortitis: a complication of aspergillus endocarditis following coronary artery bypass graft surgery

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Maryam Esmaeilzadeh 1 , * , MM Peighambari 1 , M Parsaee 1 , AJ Khamooshi 1 , SS Hosseini 1

1 Shaheed Rajaei Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Esmaeilzadeh M , Peighambari M, Parsaee M , Khamooshi A , Hosseini S . Fatal aortitis: a complication of aspergillus endocarditis following coronary artery bypass graft surgery, Int Cardio Res J. 2018 ; 1(3):e79526.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

International Cardiovascular Research Journal: 1 (3); e79526
Published Online: September 30, 2007
Article Type: Case Report
Received: May 22, 2018
Accepted: September 30, 2007

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Abstract

The most common fungal organism to cause endocarditis is Candida which is followed by Aspergillus. Aspergillus
endocarditis can occur in either the native or prosthetic heart valves, usually occurring post operatively after
cardiac surgery on implanted valves. The usual route of infection for invasive aspergillosis is through inhalation
of organism into the lungs. Diagnosis is difficult because blood culture usually remains negative even with extensive
disease. Long term survival is limited even with surgical intervention.
Herein, we present a 49-year-old man with previous history of coronary artery bypass graft and aortic valve
endocarditis which was diagnosed as Aspergillus endocarditis after the valve surgery. Unfortunately the patient
died because of late occurrence of progressive aortic invasion caused by Candida and Enterococci.

Keywords

Aspergillosis Coronary artery bypass graft Endocarditis Complication

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