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bacteria blood infection with a 102 fever

Sep 28, 2014

Now they want to look at mitral valve,what is the risk ? positive ofcourse..

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

"Looking at the mitral (or heart) valve" means doing an echocardiogram (an heart ultrasound). The reason for doing this is to see if there's any evidence of heart valve infection. While generally speaking uncommon, this can be a serious issue. Untreated heart valve infections (also called endocarditis) can lead to deterioration of the valve, requiring valve replacement (an open heart procedure), or secondary infections in the lung or brain.

Bacterial blood stream infections can either be the result of, or the cause of heart valve infections. If your blood stream infection has lasted more than a few days, it's prudent to determine if there are any problems with the valves.

Hope that's helpful and that your scan is negative. BY



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