Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia: evaluation of the role of transoesophageal echocardiography in identifying clinically unsuspected endocarditis

@article{Incani2013StaphylococcusAB,
  title={Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia: evaluation of the role of transoesophageal echocardiography in identifying clinically unsuspected endocarditis},
  author={Alexander Incani and Christopher Hair and P. Purnell and Daniel P. O’Brien and Allen C Cheng and Alan Appelbe and Eugene Athan},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases},
  year={2013},
  volume={32},
  pages={1003-1008}
}
Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is an important cause of community and nosocomial sepsis, with a significant mortality rate. Infective endocarditis (IE) is a serious complication, occurring in up to 25 % of cases. Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) significantly improves the sensitivity of diagnosis. We compared the sensitivity and specificity of clinical evaluation alone in diagnosing IE. We evaluated all adult patients with SAB at our centre from 1998 to 2006 in order to… CONTINUE READING
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