Infective endocarditis in opiate addicts: analysis of 80 cases studied at necropsy.

@article{Dressler1989InfectiveEI,
  title={Infective endocarditis in opiate addicts: analysis of 80 cases studied at necropsy.},
  author={F A Dressler and William Clifford Roberts},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  year={1989},
  volume={63 17},
  pages={1240-57}
}
Eighty opiate addicts were studied at necropsy. Fifty-nine patients had anatomic evidence of active infective endocarditis (IE); 11 had healed IE; and 10 had both. Of the 80 patients, the first episode of IE involved a single right-sided cardiac valve in 24 patients (30%); both a right- and a left-sided valve in 13 patients (16%); a single left-sided valve in 33 patients (41%); and both left-sided valves in 10 patients (13%). Of the 320 cardiac valves in the 80 patients, 103 were sites of… CONTINUE READING