Piercing-Related Endocarditis Presenting with Multiple Large Masses in the Right-Side Chamber of the Heart

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Abstract

We present a case report of a 15-year-old girl with right-side endocarditis, which presented with multiple large masses located on both right chambers mimicking the appearance of a tumor. There were no predisposing factors other than an infected navel piercing. Piercing-associated infective endocarditis has occasionally been reported, and usually occurs in patients with an underlying cardiac condition. We briefly discuss the main features of piercing-related endocarditis and also some aspects of cardiac tumors as differential diagnosis of large cardiac masses.

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