Insidious postoperative Aspergillus niger graft aortitis.
Authors: Marro M, Atzeni F, La Torre MW, Attisani M, Belloro S, De Rosa FG, Rinaldi M
Fungal endocarditis/aortitis is an uncommon yet emerging entity accounting for 2% to 4% of all cases of infective endocarditis and continues to be associated with a poor prognosis. We present the first case of polyethylene-terephthalate (PETE) graft aortitis caused by A. niger, a rare fungal agent. Early diagnosis with frequent transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and a prompt surgical intervention coupled with optimal antifungal therapy are still the only option to reduce the exceedingly high mortality and morbidity.
PMID: 32489875 [PubMed]