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Culture negative endocarditis and aortic root abscess can prove difficult diagnostic challenges. Computed tomography can be extremely useful in this setting. We report a case of an aortic root abscess 3 months after elective aortic valve replacement in which cardiac CT and hybrid imaging with Gallium-67 SPECT complemented workup with transesophageal echocardiography in establishing the diagnosis of an abscess.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.jcct.2010.10.004

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr

Publication Date

03/2011

Volume

5

Pages

122 - 124

Keywords

Abscess, Aged, Aortic Valve, Endocarditis, Female, Gallium Radioisotopes, Heart Valve Prosthesis, Humans, Prosthesis-Related Infections, Radiopharmaceuticals, Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon, Tomography, X-Ray Computed