Infective Endocarditis in Intravenous Drug Abusers.

  title={Infective Endocarditis in Intravenous Drug Abusers.},
  author={Jose M Mir{\'o} and Asunci{\'o}n Moreno and Carlos Mestres},
  journal={Current infectious disease reports},
  volume={5 4},
Infective endocarditis (IE) is one of the most severe complications in intravenous drug abusers (IVDA). IE usually involves the tricuspid valve, Staphylococcus aureus is the most common etiologic agent, and it has a relatively good prognosis. Currently, between 40% and 90% of IVDA with IE are HIV infected, and the HIV epidemic has caused a decrease in the incidence of this disease, probably due to changes in drug administration habits undertaken by addicts in order to avoid HIV transmission… CONTINUE READING
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