Introduction: Infective endocarditis can lead to serious neurological complications including ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage. Treatment with intravenous thrombolysis within 3 h of symptom onset has become the standard of care in acute ischemic stroke, but the safety and efficacy of this intervention in patients with infective endocarditis is unknown. Summary of Case: We report the case of a patient with ischemic stroke who experienced substantial neurological improvement after being treated with intravenous thrombolysis (NIH stroke scale score of 15 on admission and 4 after treatment) and was subsequently found to have acute infective mitral endocarditis. Conclusion: Favorable response to thrombolysis may occur in patients with stroke due to infectious endocarditis. The safety of this therapy remains to be established.
- Infective endocarditis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Clinical Neurology