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Heart Surg Forum ; 24(2): E372-E374, 2021 04 23.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1199988


The world has suffered over the past year under COVID-19. Unfortunately, people still are getting sick from other, also severe, diseases. Although the COVID-19 infection is present, patients need treatment for other life-threatening conditions. We present the case of a 36-year-old patient with severe infective endocarditis with a large abscess of the aortic root, who also is COVID-19 positive. Definitive diagnostics and treatment were avoided due to COVID-19 infection. In the end, emergent surgery was indicated due to acute cardiac decompensation and the development of heart failure symptoms, and the patient recovered uneventfully after surgery.

Abscess/microbiology , Abscess/surgery , Aortic Diseases/microbiology , Aortic Diseases/surgery , COVID-19/complications , Endocarditis, Bacterial/microbiology , Endocarditis, Bacterial/surgery , Heart Failure/etiology , Heart Failure/therapy , Abscess/diagnostic imaging , Adult , Aortic Diseases/diagnostic imaging , Endocarditis, Bacterial/diagnostic imaging , Heart Failure/diagnostic imaging , Humans , Male , Pleural Effusion/diagnostic imaging , Pleural Effusion/microbiology , Pleural Effusion/surgery , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Respiration, Artificial , SARS-CoV-2
BMC Cardiovasc Disord ; 20(1): 494, 2020 11 23.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1094026


BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis has a relevant clinical impact due to its high morbidity and mortality rates. Right-sided endocarditis has lower complication rates than left-sided endocarditis. Common complications are multiple septic pulmonary embolisms, haemoptysis, and acute renal failure. Risk factors associated with right-sided infective endocarditis are commonly related to intravenous drug abuse, central venous catheters, or infections due to implantable cardiac devices. However, patients with congenital ventricular septal defects might be at high risk of endocarditis and haemodynamic complications. CASE PRESENTATION: In the following, we present the case of a 23-year-old man without a previous intravenous drug history with tricuspid valve Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis complicated by acute renal failure and haemoptysis caused by multiple pulmonary emboli. In most cases, right-sided endocarditis is associated with several common risk factors, such as intravenous drug abuse, a central venous catheter, or infections due to implantable cardiac devices. In this case, we found a small perimembranous ventricular septal defect corresponding to a type 2 Gerbode defect. This finding raised the suspicion of a congenital ventricular septal defect complicated by a postendocarditis aneurysmal transformation. CONCLUSIONS: Management of the complications of right-sided infective endocarditis requires a multidisciplinary approach. Echocardiographic approaches should include screening for ventricular septal defects in patients without common risk factors for tricuspid valve endocarditis. Patients with undiagnosed congenital ventricular septal defects are at high risk of infective endocarditis. Therefore, endocarditis prophylaxis after dental procedures and/or soft-tissue infections is highly recommended. An acquired ventricular septal defect is a very rare complication of infective endocarditis. Surgical management of small ventricular septal defects without haemodynamic significance is still controversial.

Acute Kidney Injury/etiology , Coronary Circulation , Endocarditis, Bacterial/microbiology , Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular/physiopathology , Hemodynamics , Hemoptysis/etiology , Staphylococcal Infections/microbiology , Acute Kidney Injury/microbiology , Acute Kidney Injury/physiopathology , Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use , Conservative Treatment , Endocarditis, Bacterial/complications , Endocarditis, Bacterial/diagnosis , Endocarditis, Bacterial/drug therapy , Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular/complications , Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular/diagnostic imaging , Hemoptysis/microbiology , Hemoptysis/physiopathology , Humans , Male , Risk Factors , Staphylococcal Infections/complications , Staphylococcal Infections/diagnosis , Staphylococcal Infections/drug therapy , Treatment Outcome , Young Adult
BMJ Case Rep ; 14(1)2021 Jan 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1013027


We present a case of a 75-year-old woman with Austrian syndrome: pneumonia, meningitis and endocarditis all due to Streptococcus pneumoniae Transoesophageal echocardiogram demonstrated a large mitral valve vegetation with severe mitral regurgitation. She was treated with intravenous ceftriaxone and listed for surgical repair of her mitral valve. Preoperatively, she developed an idiosyncratic drug-induced agranulocytosis secondary to ceftriaxone, which resolved on cessation of the medication. However, while awaiting neutrophil recovery, she developed an acute deterioration, becoming critically unwell. This deterioration was multifactorial, with acute decompensated heart failure alongside COVID-19. After multidisciplinary discussion, she was considered too unwell for surgery and palliated.

Agranulocytosis/chemically induced , COVID-19/epidemiology , Ceftriaxone/adverse effects , Endocarditis, Bacterial/epidemiology , Meningitis, Bacterial/epidemiology , Pneumococcal Infections/epidemiology , SARS-CoV-2 , Aged , Agranulocytosis/epidemiology , Anti-Bacterial Agents/adverse effects , Comorbidity , Echocardiography, Transesophageal , Endocarditis, Bacterial/diagnosis , Endocarditis, Bacterial/microbiology , Female , Humans , Meningitis, Bacterial/microbiology , Pandemics , Pneumococcal Infections/microbiology , Streptococcus pneumoniae/isolation & purification , Syndrome