Near-complete aortic mechanical valve dehiscence due to endocarditis reinfection

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Prosthetic valve infective endocarditis (IE) is one of the most serious postimplantation complications. Prosthetic aortic valve IE constitutes 1%-6% of all prosthetic valve IE cases. We present a dramatic echocardiographic case of prosthetic aortic valve IE leading to near-complete valve dehiscence. Echocardiographic evidence of prosthetic aortic valve rocking motion is indicative of significant dehiscence. Aside from IE, other causes and risk factors for prosthetic aortic valve dehiscence include inflammatory and autoimmune vasculitides, concomitant ascending aorta aneurysm, and aortic root calcification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Aortic valve
  • Endocarditis
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Prosthetic aortic valve
  • Valve dehiscence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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