What radiographic findings suggest complications of infective endocarditis (IE)?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Pulmonary embolic phenomena on radiographs strongly suggest tricuspid disease (see the image below).

A young adult with a history of intravenous drug u A young adult with a history of intravenous drug use, endocarditis involving the tricuspid valve with Staphylococcus aureus, and multiple septic pulmonary emboli. Pulmonary lesions on chest radiograph are most prominent in the right upper lobe with both solid and cavitary appearance.

Multiple embolic pyogenic abscesses may be visualized.


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