Acute endocarditis treated with radical debridement and implantation of mechanical or stented bioprosthetic devices.


BACKGROUND Operation for active infective endocarditis carries high mortality and morbidity rates, especially when the annulus is involved. Overall the literature favors the use of autograft and homograft valves because of better resistance to infection. In our clinic during the last 5 years we used an aggressive surgical approach to infective endocarditis… (More)