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Aortic root abscess complicating bacterial endocarditis. Demonstration by computed tomography.
  1. J C Cowan,
  2. D Patrick,
  3. D S Reid


    A 68 year old man with an aortic valve prosthesis was admitted to hospital with Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis. Despite antibiotic treatment he continued to be pyrexial. Computed tomography identified a probable abscess between the root of the aorta and the left atrium. The presence of an abscess in this location was subsequently confirmed at operation. Computed tomography is a useful additional diagnostic method for identifying this potentially lethal complication of bacterial endocarditis.

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