Echocardiography and indications for surgery

  title={Echocardiography and indications for surgery},
  author={Bertrand Cormier and Alec P Vahanian},
  journal={European heart journal},
  volume={16 Suppl B},
The decision to undertake surgery in patients with infective endocarditis is mainly based on clinical data. However, echocardiography, in particular using a transoesophageal approach, will offer important guidelines for diagnosis and management. Surgery must be considered in the following cases: ring abscesses or fistulae which make repair more difficult when they are diagnosed at too late a stage; severe valvular regurgitations resulting in a poor haemodynamic tolerance; large and mobile… CONTINUE READING

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