Successful tricuspid valvectomy in a septic patient with tricuspid valve endocarditis.
Endocarditis is characterized by vegetations, which is a mass of platelets, ﬁbrin, micro-colonies of micro-organisms, and inﬂammatory cells, in the endocardium. Over the past three decades, the incidence of right-sided endocarditis has risen dramatically in Pakistan. We report a 36-year woman with a history of repeated intravenous analgesic injections for low back pain, presenting with high grade fever, sepsis and a white cell count of 44,000 with 90% neutrophils. Echocardiography showed large mobile vegetations on Tricuspid Valve (TV). Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis (TVE) is generally responsive to medical treatment; however, about 25% of TVE patients require surgical intervention. Long-term survival of a patient is possible without a prosthetic TV replacement, particularly if the pulmonary artery pressure is normal.