Pulmonary valve endocarditis in a pregnant woman with a ventricular septal defect

Tsong Yih Ou, Fu-Chean Chen, Chun-Sen Hsu, Pai Feng Kao, Fan Lang Yu, Sing On Teng, Wen Sen Lee

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Bacterial endocarditis in pregnancy causes maternal and fetal mortality rates of 22.1% and 14.7%, respectively. The mortality rates differ according to the involved valves, and the size of vegetation has a prognostic correlation. This report is of a pregnant woman with an unrepaired ventricular septal defect and pulmonary valve endocarditis with a vegetation size of 3.29 cm. She and her baby were treated successfully. An emergency surgical plan would be appropriate for pregnant women in the third trimester with a large vegetation in the right side of the heart, and dental disease should be treated aggressively with appropriate prophylactic antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


  • Bacterial
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart septal defects
  • Pregnancy
  • Ventricular
  • Viridans streptococci

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Infectious Diseases


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