New Data on Surgery for Tricuspid Valve Infective Endocarditis

For immediate release: February 17, 2015


Media Relations


The University of Maryland Division of Cardiac Surgery published new data on the effectiveness of surgery in patients with tricuspid valve infective endocarditis (TVIE). The paper, titled “Contemporary Outcomes of Operations for Tricuspid Valve Infective Endocarditis,” appeared in the February issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) cares for more patients with TVIE than most hospitals, about 10 per year, making UMMC an appropriate center to evaluate the efficacy of providing surgical treatment for patients with TVIE.  Currently, patients with TVIE are treated with medications to eradicate the infection, and there is no clear indication for when to operate. However, the data from the UM Division of Cardiac Surgery show that operating on patients with TVIE, instead of just managing with medication, can result in better than expected outcomes.

Read more about the results of this study.