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Case Report, Int J Cardiovasc Res Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Concurrent Pulmonary and Cerebral Embolism: Is Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis the Culprit?

Francesco Costa1*, Scipione Carerj1, Simona Cammaroto2, Maurizio Cusma Piccione1, Giuseppe Oreto1, Paolo Girlanda3 and Concetta Zito1
1Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Italy
2Department of Neuroradiology, IRCCS Centro NeurolesiBonino-Pulejo Messina, Italy
3Department of Neuroscience, University of Messina, Italy
Corresponding author : Francesco Costa
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, School of Cardiology, University of Messina, Italy
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Received: March 05, 2013 Accepted: March 21, 2013 Published: March 29, 2013
Citation: Costa F, Carerj S, Cammaroto S, Piccione MC, Oreto G, et al. (2013) Concurrent Pulmonary and Cerebral Embolism: Is Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis the Culprit? Int J Cardiovasc Res 2:2. doi:10.4172/2324-8602.1000120

Abstract

Concurrent Pulmonary and Cerebral Embolism: Is Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis the Culprit?

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a relatively common complication of right side endocarditis. Sudden onset of a cryptogenic stroke during this condition is a suspicious clue for a paradoxical cerebral embolism. An unusual case of tricuspid endocarditis complicated by PE and massive ischemic stroke is reported. Transthoracic echocardiography and brain CT scan were the imaging techniques used to diagnose this rare condition.

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