LATE INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS AFTER TRANSCATHETER CLOSURE OF A PATENT FORAMEN OVALE
Sawssane Khalloud*, Elke De Vuyst, Badih El Nakadi and and Philippe Dubois
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a serious and potentially fatal complication of implanted heart devices and requires the highest caution. Concerning devices for percutaneous transcatheter closure of a patent foramen oval (PFO), this complication is extremely rare and occurs typically early during the first six months after device implantation. We report a case of a 64-year-old male who presented late Staphylococcal infective endocarditis of an Amplatzer patent foramen oval occluder device thirteen years after implantation with a brief review of the literature on the subject.
Keywords: Infective endocarditis, Amplatzer occluder, patent foramen oval, Staphylococcus aureus.
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