Successful treatment of early infective endocarditis and mediastinitis in a heart transplant recipient

Bruce Toporoff, L. J. Rosado, C. P. Appleton, G. K. Sethi, J. G. Copeland

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Abstract

We report a case of bacterial endocarditis in a heart transplant recipient that was diagnosed 6 weeks after operation when a transesophageal echocardiogram revealed vegetations on both sides of the atrial septum. The patient also had postoperative mediastinitis and pericarditis. He underwent two mediastinal explorations, pericardiectomy, and 22 weeks of antibiotics and is free of infection 1 year after transplantation. We presume that the source of infection was contamination of the donor heart by the donor's right lung, which was harvested en bloc with the heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-548
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Volume13
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation

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