Surgical management of nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis
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Nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis is commonly seen on heart valves in patients with malignant or collagen diseases. The natural prognosis of nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis is reported to be poor due to underlying malignancy. Surgical indications and appropriate timing for surgery for nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis and underlying malignancy have not been formally studied.The case was a 45-year-old woman who presented with a history of systemic embolization associated with occult malignancy. A preoperative transesophageal echocardiogram showed multiple mobile vegetations on the aortic and mitral valves. She underwent valve surgery to prevent recurrent embolization. Based on the histopathologic findings, she was diagnosed with nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis. She subsequently underwent surgery for occult malignancy, which was diagnosed as endometrioid adenocarcinoma....


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