Tuberculous Valvular Endocarditis with Brain Abscesses: A Case Report and Literature Review

Arslan F., CEYLAN B., Arslan B. Y., Omaygenç M. O., Ertan G., MERT A.

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, vol.25, no.1, pp.19-22, 2017 (Scopus) identifier identifier


Tuberculous endocarditis (TBE) is a rare clinical entity, usually encountered during the course of miliary tuberculosis. Brain abscess is a very rare complication of TBE. Here, we report a case of valvular TBE presenting with meningoencephalitis due to septic embolization. The literature on well-documented cases of valvular TBE was also reviewed. Early diagnosis, an appropriate treatment strategy, surgical intervention, and close follow-up may lead to favorable outcomes in TBE. Surgical intervention (valve replacement and repair) may be required in 70% of TBE cases.