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Infectious endocarditis during pregnancy, problems in the decision-making process: a case report

Authors
Journal
Cases Journal
1757-1626
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4076/1757-1626-2-6537
Keywords
  • Case Report
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Infective endocarditis in pregnancy has a low incidence, often being associated with a previous history of rheumatic or congenital heart disease. In most reports the disease tends to run a subacute course and to appear more frequently in the third trimester of pregnancy. We present the case of a 36-year-old woman with large vegetations on the mitral valve due to infective endocarditis detected at the 32nd week of her first pregnancy. The difficulties in selecting the appropriate management strategy, particularly optimal time and mode of delivery, optimal time and type of valve surgery, are emphasized.

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