A rare cause of native tricuspid valve endocarditis: Abortus
Zuhal Arıtürk Atılgan 1 * , Faruk Hökenek, Ebru Öntürk Tekbaş, M.Sıddık Evsen, Celal Yavuz
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1 Dicle Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Kardiyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Diyarbakır, Turkey* Corresponding Author


A 28-year-old female patient, who at her 7 weeks of pregnancy, admitted to hospital with abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. She had been hospitalized in another center with the diagnosis of spontaneous complete abortion. After discharge, her clinical process, deteriorated due to fever, chills and fatigue there-fore she had been admitted to emergency unit of that hospital once again, and received non-specific anti-biotics. She was referred to our clinic because of persistant complaints. Transthoracic echocardiography showed vegetations on the tricuspid valve leading to diagnosis of infective endocarditis, so treatment was started at our clinic. No microorganism isolated in blood cultures. Following 15-days antibiotic therapy no reduction was seen in the diameter of the vegetation, therefore surgical operation was planned and a bio-prosthetic tricuspid valve was put into place. In this article we aimed to report the development of sponta-neous abortus at 7 weeks of pregnancy, in order to emphasize that tricuspid valve endocarditis can be developed secondary to very rare causes.


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Article Type: Case Report

J Clin Exp Invest, 2011, Volume 2, Issue 1, 102-105


Publication date: 11 Mar 2011

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