Definitions
     
  • Endarteritis:

    Infection of the lining of blood vessels (eg, in a patient who has postoperative coarctation of the aorta)

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  • Endocarditis:

    Inflammation of the valvular or mural endocardium, whether from an infection or from a noninfectious inflammatory process

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  • Infective endocarditis:

    Endocarditis caused by microorganisms (bacteria or fungi) involving either the heart or the great vessels (ie, endarteritis); the pathology also may include abscess formation

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  • Mycotic aneurysm:

    A term applied to fungal or bacterial infection within the wall of a vessel

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  • Mycotic endocarditis:

    Endocarditis caused by fungus

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