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Infective Endocarditis – Duke diagnostic criteria

Infective endocarditis (IE) is a microbial infection of the endocardial structures produced by blood dissemination of the causal microorganism. The characteristic lesion is endocarditis vegetation, which can be evidenced by echocardiography. Diagnosis of infectious endocarditis is put both on history and clinical examination (fever, recent valvular murmurs, neurological and mucocutaneous signs), as well as laboratory […]

June 27, 2014, Infections
Endocarditis – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Endocarditis is an infection of the heart valves or endocardium.¬†Occurs most frequently in patients who already have preexisting valvular disease or artificial valve. Causes Endocarditis is caused by bacteria (sometimes fungi) that enter the bloodstream and colonize inside the heart, usually heart valves. The bacteria enter the bloodstream in several ways, including dental interventions or […]

June 22, 2014, Infections