The use and effect of surgical therapy for prosthetic valve infective endocarditis: a propensity analysis of a multicenter, international cohort.

@article{Wang2005TheUA,
  title={The use and effect of surgical therapy for prosthetic valve infective endocarditis: a propensity analysis of a multicenter, international cohort.},
  author={Andrew Wang and Paul A. Pappas and Kevin J. Anstrom and Elias Abrutyn and Vance G. Fowler and Bruno Hoen and Jose M Mir{\'o} and G. Ralph Corey and Lars Olaison and Judith A. Stafford and Carlos Mestres and Christopher H. Cabell},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={150 5},
  pages={1086-91}
}
BACKGROUND Although surgical intervention is often used in the treatment of prosthetic valve infective endocarditis (PVIE), an understanding of its effect on survival has been limited by the biases of observational studies and lack of controlled trials. METHODS The International Collaboration on Endocarditis Merged Database is a large, multicenter, international registry of patients with definite endocarditis by Duke criteria, including 367 patients with PVIE. Clinical, microbiologic, and… CONTINUE READING
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