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Vegetation on mitral valve.jpg
Vegetation on mitral valve: Gross, natural color, close-up view of huge vegetation on posterior leaflet of mitral valve extending into atrium said to be Streptococci etiology presumably viridans
Image courtesy of Professor Peter Anderson DVM PhD and published with permission © PEIR, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Pathology

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

In medicine, a vegetation is an abnormal growth[1] named for its similarity to natural vegetation.

Vegetations are often associated with endocarditis.[2][3][4]

It can be made of fibrin[5] and platelets.[6]


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  2. Miyata E, Satoh S, Inokuchi K; et al. (2007). "Three fatal cases of rapidly progressive infective endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus aureus: one case with huge vegetation". Circ. J. 71 (9): 1488–91. PMID 17721034. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  3. Gotsman I, Meirovitz A, Meizlish N, Gotsman M, Lotan C, Gilon D (2007). "Clinical and echocardiographic predictors of morbidity and mortality in infective endocarditis: the significance of vegetation size". Isr. Med. Assoc. J. 9 (5): 365–9. PMID 17591374. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
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  5. "Pathology Education: Cardiovascular".
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