Cardiac device-related invasive aspergilloma assessed by live/real time three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography

Donald Clark, Mustafa I Ahmed, Aylin Sungur, Tuǧba Kemaloǧluöz, Kruti Jayesh Mehta, Hari Prakash Diddi, Rohit Tandon, Vishnu V. Reddy, Navin C. Nanda, David C. McGiffin

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Abstract

Cardiac device-related infection caused by Aspergillus species is a rare finding associated with high mortality. Prompt recognition and treatment is imperative, but difficult as blood cultures are often negative and diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion. Live/real time three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3DTTE) provides incremental knowledge in the characterization of valvular vegetations. Here, we provide a detailed description of an invasive cardiac device-related infection caused by Aspergillus fumigatus using 3DTTE. Findings described here highlight the role for 3DTTE in the prompt diagnosis of invasive cardiac Aspergillus infections as well as surgical planning in such cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-722
Number of pages4
JournalEchocardiography-A Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound and Allied Techniques
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aspergilloma
  • echocardiography
  • fungal infections
  • fungal infections of the heart
  • three-dimensional echocardiography
  • three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography

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