The detection of vegetations on cardiac leaflets in the presence of unexplained bacteremia or stroke may explain the pathophysiology of the illness as well as guide therapeutic management. The surgical implications of finding vegetations by cardiac ultrasound in the setting of bacterial endocarditis are just now being examined. It appears certain that the finding increases the likelihood of valvular surgery in the patient with endocarditis, yet the presence of a vegetation is not in itself an indication for surgery.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Seminars in Ultrasound|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1981|
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