A 33-year-old man with a history of intravenous drug use was admitted to the hospital with fever, cough, and shortness of breath lasting for about 4 weeks. Physical examination was remarkable for evidence of tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation. A transthoracic echocardiogram revealed a mass on the TV and an enlarged right atrium. Blood cultures grew Candida albicans. The cauliflower-like mass was better visualized on the transesophageal echocardiogram (Fig 1⇓). The patient was treated with amphotericin B and TV resection. At surgery, the mass attached to the TV filled about 80% of the enlarged right atrium and measured 6.5×4.5 cm (Fig 2⇓). The patient died of multisystem failure from sepsis 8 weeks after surgery.
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