Infective Endocarditis: A Prospective Registry Of Surgical Lesions


  • Sara Ranchordás Cardiac Surgery, Hospital Santa Cruz, CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal
  • Márcio Madeira Cardiac Surgery, Hospital Santa Cruz, CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal
  • Paulo Oliveira Cardiac Surgery, Hospital Santa Cruz, CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal
  • Marta Marques Cardiac Surgery, Hospital Santa Cruz, CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal
  • Miguel Abecasis Cardiac Surgery, Hospital Santa Cruz, CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal
  • Maria João Andrade Cardiology, Hospital Santa Cruz, CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal
  • Miguel Sousa Uva Cardiac Surgery, Hospital Santa Cruz, CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal
  • José Pedro Neves Cardiac Surgery, Hospital Santa Cruz, CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal



infective endocarditis, Echocardiography, cardiac surgery, heart valve diseases


Introduction: Infective endocarditis morbidity and mortality remains high. Surgery is performed in about half of endocarditis cases, being the ideal setting to evaluate endocarditis lesions.

The aim of this study was to register and describe endocarditis lesions found during surgery; find predictors of morbidity and mortality and correlate lesions found in echocardiogram vs. surgery.

Materials and Methods: One hundred consecutive patients with endocarditis lesions seen during surgery were included between June 2014 and August 2018. Pathological lesions were coded prospectively using a coding form published by Pettersson et al. Other data were collected retrospectively.

Results: Prosthetic endocarditis accounted for 23% of cases. Embolic events had occurred in 41% of cases, mainly to the brain (22%). The most frequent lesions found in echocardiogram were vegetations (77%). Vegetations and valve integrity anomalies were the main lesions described during surgery (70% and 71% respectively). Invasion was present in 39% of patients. In-hospital mortality was 9%. In univariable analysis, predictors of early mortality included chronic kidney disease (P= .005), prosthetic valve endocarditis (P <.001), EuroSCORE II (P <.001) and valve integrity anomalies (P=.016). Predictors of embolic events included aortic valve vegetations seen during surgery (P= .026). Sensitivity and specificity of echocardiogram findings for identification of vegetations were 84% and 40%, for valve integrity anomalies 42% and 97% and for invasion 54% and 95%, respectively.

Conclusions: Diversity of lesions found in endocarditis precludes obtaining significant predictors of morbidity or mortality with small numbers of patients. Echocardiogram lacks sensitivity for valve integrity anomalies and invasion but is highly specific.


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Ranchordás S, Madeira M, Oliveira P, Marques M, Abecasis M, Andrade MJ, Sousa Uva M, Neves JP. Infective Endocarditis: A Prospective Registry Of Surgical Lesions. Rev Port Cir Cardiotorac Vasc [Internet]. 2023 Oct. 11 [cited 2024 May 22];30(3):21-30. Available from:



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