Fungal Endocarditis Due to Aspergillus oryzae: The First Case Reported in the Literature

Andrea Mazza, Nicola Luciani, Marco Luciani, Federico Cammertoni, Alessia Giaquinto, Natalia Pavone, Piergiorgio Bruno, Massimo Massetti

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Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe disease with high mortality and morbidity. Prosthetic valve endocarditis is a life-threatening complication which can occur in less than 10% of patients with valve prosthesis. A fungal etiology of IE is rare and accounts for only 2-4% of all case of endocarditis, but is associated with a higher mortality and morbidity. Herein is reported the first case of fungal endocarditis of aortic valve prosthesis due to Aspergillus oryzae in a 67-year-old caucasian man who nine years previously underwent mitral and aortic valve replacement with mechanical prostheses, and tricuspid annuloplasty for acute IE due to Enterococcus spp. Seven months previously, the patient also underwent a redo cardiac procedure to replace a mitral valve prosthesis with a new mechanical device due to a leakage. Aspergillus oryzae showed impressive growth with strong and unexpected virulence in both local and systemic settings.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)205-207
Numero di pagine3
RivistaJournal of Heart Valve Disease
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


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