Infective aortic endocarditis after percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty

Ann Thorac Surg. 1993 Nov;56(5):1161-2. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(95)90036-5.


Infective aortic endocarditis developed in an elderly patient after a percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty. The transesophageal echocardiogram demonstrated a perivalvular abscess. The patient underwent surgical replacement of the infected valve, but later succumbed to renal failure. The development of infective aortic endocarditis should be recognized as a potentially fatal complication of percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty. The important measures in preventing bacteremia during percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty and the appropriate role of operation are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aortic Valve
  • Catheterization / adverse effects*
  • Echocardiography
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / diagnostic imaging
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / microbiology*
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / surgery
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnostic imaging
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / surgery