Treatment of endocarditis: a decade of experience.

  title={Treatment of endocarditis: a decade of experience.},
  author={Matthew S Slater and Christopher B Komanapalli and Uttam Tripathy and Pasala S Ravichandran and Ross M. Ungerleider},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={83 6},
  pages={2074-9; discussion 2079-80}
BACKGROUND Endocarditis represents a small proportion of cardiovascular disease but is associated with high mortality. Previous studies have reported a range of outcomes, and determinants of mortality remain poorly defined. METHODS The goal of this retrospective study was to identify independent variables for early and late mortality in 364 consecutive patients with endocarditis over a 10-year period. RESULTS The mean age of patients was 48.2 years, 35% had a history intravenous drug use… CONTINUE READING

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