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Endocarditis and pulmonary embolism with a heart defect. Chances of reoccurrence happening? 

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Yes

I'll presume the three are causally related.
The heart defect is likely on the tricuspid valve or a septal division of the heart leading blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs. A damaged valve causes turbulent flow and is prone to allow bacteria to settle on valve causing infection-endocarditis. When this growth gets loose, a piece may end up in lung-embolism. Yes, this may recur.

In brief: Yes

I'll presume the three are causally related.
The heart defect is likely on the tricuspid valve or a septal division of the heart leading blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs. A damaged valve causes turbulent flow and is prone to allow bacteria to settle on valve causing infection-endocarditis. When this growth gets loose, a piece may end up in lung-embolism. Yes, this may recur.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Quite serious

Depends on where the heart defect is and how well the endocarditis was treated.
If you have endocarditis on the right side of the heart, pieces of the vegetation may embolize to your lungs. If you have an opening between the atria of your heart, clots can actually travel to your brain. You need regular physician follow-up!

In brief: Quite serious

Depends on where the heart defect is and how well the endocarditis was treated.
If you have endocarditis on the right side of the heart, pieces of the vegetation may embolize to your lungs. If you have an opening between the atria of your heart, clots can actually travel to your brain. You need regular physician follow-up!
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