Title
**Staphylococcus aureus** infective endocarditis mimicking a hydatid cyst **Staphylococcus aureus** infective endocarditis mimicking a hydatid cyst
Author
Faculty/Department
University Hospital Antwerp
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Echocardiography: a journal of cardiovascular ultrasound and allied techniques. - Oxford
Volume/pages
27(2010) :8 , p. E80-E82
ISSN
0742-2822
ISI
000281900100002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We report an atypical echocardiographic presentation of Staphylococcus aureus infective endocarditis (IE) of the mitral valve in an octogenarian female. Echocardiography revealed perforation of the anterior mitral valve leaflet (AMVL), with a large cystic mass seemingly attached to the AMVL and surrounded by a thin membranous structure. These images were strongly reminiscent of a hydatid cyst. The significant comorbidity of the patient did not justify an urgent surgical approach, and the patient subsequently expired of cardiogenic and septic shock. Autopsy revealed a large vegetation attached to the interatrial septum in the immediate proximity of the AMVL, without signs of the membranous structure and without pathological evidence for septic embolism. This atypical presentation of IE prompted us to discuss a brief review of intracardiac cystic masses. (Echocardiography 2010;27:E80-E82).
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