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Case 285

Surgical Pathology Case


  A 40-year-old male had a hernia repair several weeks ago. Recently he was not feeling well, and he was found unresponsive at home. In the ER, he was diagnosed as sepsis due to staph aureus infection. A large vegetation was found on the aortic valve by image studies, and his EF was 5%. He eventually died with multiple organ failures. Staph aureus was also identified in the postmortem samples from the wounds, blood, spleen and liver.






  Aortic valve  

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Source: Nebraska Forensic Medical Services, Lincoln, NE

Photo: Zenggang Pan and Cory

Discussion: Zenggang Pan