Case Report

Pulmonic Valve Endocarditis

Authors: Muhammad Tariq, MBBS, MRCP, Raymond A. Smego, Jr., MD, MPh, Adil Soofi, MBBS, Najmul Islam, MBBS, MRCP

Abstract

Pulmonic valve endocarditis is an extremely rare infection that shares epidemiologic, clinical, radiologic, microbiologic, and prognostic features with tricuspid valve endocarditis. We report a case of pulmonic valve infection on a structurally normal heart and review the English-language literature on this subject.

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