CJC Open | 2019

Infected Rastelli Conduit in an Immunocompromised Patient That Was Not Visible on Transthoracic Echocardiogram



An 18-year-old man with a history of right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit implantation for repair of congenital heart disease and vasculitis requiring chronic immunosuppression with azathioprine presented to the University of Ottawa with bacteremia. A transthoracic echocardiogram revealed no abnormalities at the site of the conduit. A fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography scan was subsequently obtained that demonstrated an infected right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit. It is important to remember that, as is true for classic valve endocarditis, an unremarkable transthoracic echocardiogram does not rule out an infected conduit in this population, and nuclear imaging may have important diagnostic utility.

Volume 1
Pages 324 - 326
DOI 10.1016/j.cjco.2019.08.001
Language English
Journal CJC Open

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