Mehmet Ugurlu Bahadir Sarli*, Ahmet Oguz Baktir and Fazilet Sag Erturk
Department of Cardiology, Kayseri Education and Research Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey
Received: 01 August, 2015; Accepted: 11 September, 2015; Published: 14 September, 2015
Assoc. Prof. Bahadir Sarli, MD, Kayseri Education and Research Hospital, Department of Cardiology, 3810, Kayseri, Turkey, Tel: +90 535 3040445; Fax: +90 352 3207313; E-mail:
Ugurlu M, Sarli B, Baktir AO, Erturk FS (2015) Double Valve Infective Endocarditis Presenting with Acute Ischemic Stroke J Cardiovasc Med Cardiol 2(2): 018-019. DOI: 10.17352/2455-2976.000016
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Infective endocarditis is a potentially fatal infectious disease which usually presents with various clinic scenarios. Although the disease generally presents itself with fever, cardiac murmur (bruit), splenomegaly and anemia; in this case we report a double valve endocarditis of a 23 years-old female patient who was admitted to our neurology clinic with acute ischemic stroke.
Infective endocarditis (IE); is an infectious disease which generally develops due to the involvement of cardiac valves, congenital cardiovascular lesions, prosthetic valves and other prosthetic materials by specific microorganisms during transient bacteremia. Despite developments in diagnosis and treatment, high mortality rates make it an important element of our current agenda. Embolic events are common and one of the life-threatening complications of IE; which may result in difficulty in diagnosis as they can imitate other pathological conditions [1,2]. In this report, we present a patient with double valve IE whose first diagnosis was ischemic stroke due to embolic complications of IE.
23 years old female patient with acute thematic fever history in her childhood was referred to our neurology clinic with complaints of numbness and loss of strength in left arm and left leg which were observed 2 weeks after tooth extraction. Her fever was 38,2°C there was the loss of strength in left arm and left leg with a newly developing heart murmur. Complete blood count showed that leukocyte count was 24500 103µL. Consequently, the patient was admitted to neurology clinic and forwarded to diffusion MRI. The diffusion MRI showed a newly developing stroke in the right parietal region (Figure 1). A cardiology consultation has been requested due to cardiac bruit and fever. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed rheumatic mitral valve disease causing mild mitral stenosis and vegetation's with 18x10 mm size on the atrial surface of the mitral valve and 10x5 mm on the ventricular surface of the aortic valve (Figure 2). Consecutive two blood cultures drawn more than 12 hours apart were positive for streptococcus pneumonia; therefore the patient has been diagnosed with endocarditis with double valve involvement. Transthoracic echocardiography and blood cultures were taken together and the patient was diagnosed as infective endocarditis according to Dukes diagnostic criteria. The treatment was started with gentamicin and penicillin and continues for 6 weeks. No fever has been observed after the 2nd day of treatment. TTE performed at the 5th day of antimicrobial treatment showed that size of the vegetation on the mitral valve was reduced to 12x6 mm while the vegetation on the aortic valve was reduced to 7x4 mm.
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