Phialemonium curvatum Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis with an Unusual Echocardiographic Presentation

ArticleinEchocardiography 23(6):503-5 · August 2006with2 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.25 · DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-8175.2006.00249.x · Source: PubMed


    Phialemonium species, an opportunistic fungal pathogen rarely causes invasive disease, have been described as opportunistic infection agents in humans, mainly as a result of immunosuppression and very rarely involves the heart. We present a case of a patient with Phialemonium curvatum prosthetic aortic valve endocarditis with an unusual initial transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) presentation, illustrating the important role of repeat TEE for the proper diagnosis and management of infective endocarditis.