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Infective Endocarditis

Larry M. Baddour and Daniel Z. Uslan

in Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Board Review

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827626
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929641 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199827626.003.0031

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Infective Endocarditis

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Infective endocarditis (IE) is not commonly seen by primary care physicians. The clinical presentation of patients with endocarditis can be nonspecific and varied. IE can masquerade as other infectious syndromes, particularly at the time of clinical onset. Those with valve disease or prosthetic valve are at increased risk for the infection. There are 2 main infectious causes of endocarditis: bacteremia and fungemia. Organisms most commonly involved include Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus bovis and Candida spp. Diagnosis and treatment of specific types of endocarditis are reviewed.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases

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