Prosthetic valve endocarditis 7 months after transcatheter aortic valve implantation diagnosed with 3D TEE

Sari C., DURMAZ T. , Karaduman B. D. , KELEŞ T. , Bayram H., Bastug S., ...More

HELLENIC JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY, vol.57, no.2, pp.119-123, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.hjc.2015.03.001
  • Page Numbers: pp.119-123


Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) was introduced as an alternative treatment for patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis for whom surgery would be high-risk. Prosthetic aortic valve endocarditis is a serious complication of surgical AVR (SAVR) with high morbidity and mortality. According to recent cases, post-TAVI prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) seems to occur very rarely. We present the case of a 75-year-old woman who underwent TAVI (Edwards Saphien XT) with an uneventful postoperative stay. She was diagnosed with endocarditis using three dimensional (3D) echocardiography on the TAVI device 7 months later and she subsequently underwent surgical aortic valve replacement. Little experience of the interpretation of transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and the clinical course and effectiveness of treatment strategies in post-TAVI endocarditis exists. We report a case of PVE in a TAVI patient which was diagnosed with three-dimensional transoesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE). (C) 2016 Hellenic Cardiological Society. Publishing services by Elsevier B.V.