Valvular perforation in left-sided native valve infective endocarditis.

  title={Valvular perforation in left-sided native valve infective endocarditis.},
  author={Khaled Bachour and Hammam D Zmily and Mohammad Ali Kizilbash and Khaled Awad and Rayan Hourani and Hazem T. Hammad and Jack D. Sobel and Jalal K. Ghali and Donald Levine and Luis Afonso},
  journal={Clinical cardiology},
  volume={32 12},
BACKGROUND Left-sided native valve infective endocarditis (LNVIE) can result in mitral (MP) and aortic (AP) valve perforation, the prognostic significance of which remains poorly defined. HYPOTHESIS Valvular perforation is associated with worse outcomes. METHODS Retrospective review of patients with LNVIE during 1998-2005 was performed to examine characteristics and outcome predictors of LNVIE complicated by valve perforation. Patients were stratified as: group A: MP or AP detected by… CONTINUE READING