Infective endocarditis in intravenous drug abusers and HIV-1 infected patients.

@article{Mir2002InfectiveEI,
  title={Infective endocarditis in intravenous drug abusers and HIV-1 infected patients.},
  author={Jose M Mir{\'o} and Ana del R{\'i}o and Carlos Mestres},
  journal={Infectious disease clinics of North America},
  year={2002},
  volume={16 2},
  pages={273-95, vii-viii}
}
Infective endocarditis (IE) is one of the most severe complications of parenteral drug abuse. The incidence of IE in intravenous drug abusers (IVDAs) is 2% to 5% per year, being responsible for 5% to 20% of hospital admissions and 5% to 10% of the overall death rate. IVDAs often develop recurrent IE. The prevalence of HIV infection among IVDAs with IE ranges between 30% and 70% in urban areas in developed countries. The incidence of IE in IVDAs is currently decreasing in some geographical areas… CONTINUE READING