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Persistent root abscess after emergency repair with an aortic homograft.
  1. M Ritter,
  2. L von Segesser,
  3. R Jenni
  1. Division of Echocardiography, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland.


    A fifty eight year old man with Marfan's syndrome and an aortic composite graft with a Björk-Shiley mechanical prosthesis presented with a large aortic root abscess caused by Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis. Despite extensive surgical debridement and implantation of an aortic homograft as a composite graft, early postoperative transoesophageal echocardiography continued to demonstrate a large aortic root abscess and the patient died in a septic shock.

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