Insidious postoperative Aspergillus niger graft aortitis

IDCases. 2020 May 16;21:e00823. doi: 10.1016/j.idcr.2020.e00823. eCollection 2020.


Fungal endocarditis/aortitis is an uncommon yet emerging entity accounting for 2% to 4% of all cases of infective endocarditis and continues to be associated with a poor prognosis. We present the first case of polyethylene-terephthalate (PETE) graft aortitis caused by A. niger, a rare fungal agent. Early diagnosis with frequent transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and a prompt surgical intervention coupled with optimal antifungal therapy are still the only option to reduce the exceedingly high mortality and morbidity.

Keywords: aortitis; aspergillus niger; echocardiography; fungal infection.

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