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Aortic Root Abscess With Fistula Formation FREE TO VIEW

Stephen W. Hwang; E. Kent Yucel; Sheilah Bernard
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From the Boston City Hospital and the Boston University School of Medicine, Boston

1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 1997;111(5):1436-1438. doi:10.1378/chest.111.5.1436
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Aortic root abscess is a common complication of aortic valve endocarditis. However, aortic root abscess and formation of a fistula from the aortic root to the right ventricular outflow tract in the setting of a native aortic valve and previous repair of an aortic dissection with a Dacron graft is an uncommon event. Transesophageal echocardiography is superior to transthoracic echocardiography for the diagnosis of aortic root abscess. To our knowledge, no studies have compared the diagnostic value of cardiac MRI with transesophageal echocardiography for this condition.




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