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A rare complication of brucellosis: mitral valve endocarditis [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2008; 36(5): 329-331

A rare complication of brucellosis: mitral valve endocarditis

Yeşim Güray, Sezgin Öztürk, Ayça Boyacı
Türkiye Yüksek İhtisas Hospital, Department Of Cardiology, Ankara

Early diagnosis of brucella endocarditis is of paramount importance because of its fatal consequences. The most commonly affected localization is the aortic valve, while mitral valve involvement is rare. A 44-year-old male patient with a history of rheumatic heart disease presented with fever, fatigue, and back pain. Three consecutive blood cultures revealed growth of Brucella melitensis. On transthoracic echocardiography, mitral valve area was 1.5 cm2 and there was mild mitral regurgitation. Transesophageal echocardiography showed multiple vegetations on the anterior and posterior mitral valve leaflets. Combination of medical and surgical treatment was planned for the patient with the diagnosis of brucella endocarditis.

Keywords: Brucella melitensis, brucellosis/complications, endocarditis, bacterial/etiology; heart valve diseases; mitral valve.

How to cite this article
Yeşim Güray, Sezgin Öztürk, Ayça Boyacı. A rare complication of brucellosis: mitral valve endocarditis. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2008; 36(5): 329-331

Corresponding Author: Yeşim Güray, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: Turkish

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