Active Infective Aortic Valve Endocarditis with Infection Extension: Clinical Features, Perioperative Echocardiographic Findings and Results of Surgical Treatment

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Active infective endocarditis is one of the most serious diseases of the heart. Infection often causes periannular abscess, and may also spread to affect the mitral valve structures. This assessment of the results of surgical treatment of active infective endocarditis was performed at the German Heart Institute Berlin. It focuses on preoperative investigation and proposes a new classification of this endocarditic disease.