Published in Heart Disease Weekly, February 3rd, 2008
"Methods A 5-year study included 115 patients with definite IE according to the modified Duke criteria who underwent TEE and cardiac surgery. Results Abscess was found perioperatively in 44 patients (38%). Twenty-one abscesses (48%) were detected by TEE. Sixty-one percent of missed abscesses were localized on the posterior mitral annulus. In 64% of unrecognized mitral valve abscesses, the abscess...
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