Case report| Volume 62, ISSUE 1, P133-138, January 1977

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Echocardiographic appearance of ruptured aortic cusp

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      Serial echocardiograms of a patient with enterococcal endocarditis and aortic insufficiency suggested the presence of vegetations on the aortic valve with progression of the lesion to frank prolapse of an aortic valve cusp. At surgery, the patient was found to have a flail noncoronary cusp to which an 8 mm vegetation was adherent. Anatomic correlations are presented, and a possible mechanism for the unusual echographic findings is discussed.
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