A 34-year-old man with a medical history of injection drug use presented with 2 weeks of weakness, nausea, vomiting and septic shock secondary to infective endocarditis of a native tricuspid valve. On admission, CT chest demonstrated multiple cavitary lesions as well as numerous small infarcts seen on MRI brain concerning for systemic septic emboli. Subsequent transthoracic echo with bubble study revealed a large patent foramen ovale (PFO). The patient later received surgical debulking of his tricuspid valve vegetation with AngioVac. Subsequently, PFO closure was performed with a NobleStitch device. The case presented here demonstrates the importance of having a high index of suspicion with right-sided endocarditis and the development of other systemic signs and symptoms. It also underscores the necessity of a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, surgeons, infectious disease specialists and intensivists in the treatment of these complicated patients.
- cardiovascular medicine
- interventional cardiology
- valvar diseases
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Contributors During the creation of this manuscript JL wrote the body of the article. JL also personally consented the patient and obtained signature. The other authors including MA-A and DOH provided oversight and valuable editing during the process and final manuscript.
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