Infected ventricular septal defect

Aust N Z J Surg. 1981 Jun;51(3):271-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1981.tb05955.x.


This paper reports a case of recurrent septic pulmonary emboli resulting from bacterial endocarditis on a ventricular septal defect. This was managed by the removal of vegetations, resection of the septal leaflet of the tricuspid valve, closure of the ventricular septal defect, and pulmonary embolectomy. The literature regarding the incidence and mortality of bacterial endocarditis on ventricular septal defects, and the management of the infected tricuspid valve, is reviewed. The patient remains well two and a half years after surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / complications*
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / physiopathology
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular / complications*
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Embolism / etiology*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / surgery