Corpus ID: 12839561

Infectious endocarditis: diagnosis and treatment.

@article{Pierce2012InfectiousED,
  title={Infectious endocarditis: diagnosis and treatment.},
  author={D. Pierce and Bethany C. Calkins and K. Thornton},
  journal={American family physician},
  year={2012},
  volume={85 10},
  pages={
          981-6
        }
}
Infectious endocarditis results from bacterial or fungal infection of the endocardial surface of the heart and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Risk factors include the presence of a prosthetic heart valve, structural or congenital heart disease, intravenous drug use, and a recent history of invasive procedures. Endocarditis should be suspected in patients with unexplained fevers, night sweats, or signs of systemic illness. Diagnosis is made using the Duke criteria, which… Expand
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