Prosthetic valve endocarditis: positron emission tomography/computed tomography as a new golden grail

Wouter Holvoet*, Imad Al Younis, Joan Gerard Meeder

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Abstract

Prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) is a serious infection with potentially fatal consequences. Early detection is crucial for successful management and outcome. The diagnosis of PVE is challenging and is based on the Duke criteria (DC) in which echocardiography plays a crucial role. However, transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography have less diagnostic value in PVE compared to native valve endocarditis. Combined computed tomography and fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission is a new technique providing improved diagnostic accuracy in PVE. This paper presents a case and reviews on the role of positron emission tomography/computed tomography in PVE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-114
Number of pages6
JournalActa Cardiologica
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Positron emission tomography
  • prosthetic valve
  • endocarditis
  • INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS
  • F-18-FDG PET/CT
  • POSITIVE BACTEREMIA
  • DUKE CRITERIA
  • DIAGNOSIS
  • SENSITIVITY
  • ANGIOGRAPHY

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