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Ortu P, Mestres CA, Miró JM, Pomar JL

Staphylococcal postoperative subannular left ventricular false aneurysm.

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2003 Feb;23(2):244-5, PMID: 12559355

A 37-year-old male with acute complicated methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus mitral valve endocarditis underwent urgent valve replacement with a bileaflet prosthesis. The postoperative course was complicated with fever and heart failure. Echocardiography showed a large subannular false aneurysm of the left ventricle. Three weeks later resection and closure of the defect with a patch made from a cryopreserved thoracic aorta homograft were performed. The most significant aspects of this rare complication are commented on.


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