Bedside Echocardiography Diagnosis of Tricuspid Valve Infective Endocarditis in the Emergency Department.
Brandon Regional Hospital
echocardiography, emergency department, focused cardiac ultrasound; infective endocarditis, point-of-care ultrasound, tricuspid valve, ultrasonography
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Cardiovascular Diseases | Emergency Medicine
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a rare life-threatening entity that remains difficult to diagnose in the emergency department (ED). Focused cardiac ultrasound (FOCUS) with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is an indispensable bedside tool for the emergency physician (EP) to promptly diagnosis and expedite clinical management of IE. This report describes a case in which EP-performed FOCUS led to the early identification of right-sided tricuspid valve IE complicated with septic pulmonary emboli.
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Bacci M, Patel K, Cabrera G, Kalivoda EJ. Bedside Echocardiography Diagnosis of Tricuspid Valve Infective Endocarditis in the Emergency Department. Cureus. 2022;14(9):e29541. doi:10.7759/cureus.29541