A 23-year-old doctor named Lokendranath from the Hyderabad city developed a rare condition of blurred vision due to valve infection which was spreading in his heart.
He was advised to meet a cardiologist and an abnormality of heart valve known as the bicuspid aortic valve was discovered after a series of tests. In Bicuspid Aortic Valve (BAV), two of the leaflets of the aortic valve fuse during the early weeks of pregnancy. In this case, the aortic valve was swollen up and had infected the surrounding valve tissue as well.
"In valve infection, the patient shows symptoms such as tiredness, consistent fever and more. In Lokendranath's case, the infected material must have reached his eye due to which he suffered from an unusual symptom that is blur-vision," said Dr. Ramakanta Panda, a cardiovascular thoracic surgeon at Asian Heart Institute.
"Valve infection is a deadly condition and patients with valve defects are more vulnerable to infection. The common source of infection is nose, teeth, urine or sputum. This is why people should have proper dental hygiene," Dr. Panda added.
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