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ABSTRACT: Pseudo-aneurysm of the fibrous continuity zone between the aortic and mitral valves, the so-called "mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa" is a rare complication of acute infective endocarditis, rarely after an aortic valve replacement. We report the case of a large pseudo-aneurysm occurred in a 70-year-old man, who had a history of surgical aortic valve replacement 3 years before. There were no biological or clinical evidence for infective acute endocarditis. The originality of this observation can be summarized in three points: the late onset after surgery, the absence of any infectious context and the chronic nature of pseudo-aneurysm, without any complication during a follow-up of 12 months. Transesophageal echocardiography remains the best diagnostic tool.
Annales de cardiologie et d'angeiologie 11/2011; 60(5):296-9. · 0.21 Impact Factor