Janak Bechar, Luigi Polesello, Maria Lombrano, Giampaolo Martinelli, Heyman Luckraz
Cardiothoracic Unit, Heart and Lung Centre, Wolverhampton, WV10 0QP, United Kingdom
Sidestream dark field (SDF) imaging allows direct visualization of microvascular architecture and function. We examine the role of an SDF imaging device in visualizing the sub-lingual microvasculature as a surrogate for splanchnic microperfusion. We demonstrate good correlation between current monitoring techniques and the SDF imaging device in a rare case of vancomycin-resistant enterococcal (VRE) sepsis along with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). To the best of our knowledge, VRE endocarditis with concurrent HIT has not been described in literature. The role of SDF imaging may predict the earlier need for escalation of care, improving morbidity and mortality.
New Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, B15 2WB
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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