Vegetectomy: An Alternative Surgical Treatment for Infective Endocarditis of the Atrioventricular Valves in Drug Addicts

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1988 May;95(5):857-61.


The case of a patient in whom two separate episodes of infective endocarditis were treated by excision of the infected vegetation ("vegetectomy") is reported. In carefully selected patients, early conservative operation may preserve the native valve and avoid the hazards of anticoagulative medication and prosthetic endocarditis in habitual drug abusers.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / etiology
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / surgery*
  • Female
  • Heroin Dependence*
  • Humans
  • Mitral Valve / surgery*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / etiology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / surgery*
  • Tricuspid Valve / surgery*