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Treatment

Infective endocarditis is a fatal disease if left untreated. Antibiotics form the mainstay of treatment of infective endocarditis. To begin with, an empirical antibiotic treatment is initiated. This is continued till cultures yield a definitive pathogenic organism. Specific therapy targeting the particular organism is then started. Intravenous administration of antibiotics may be done for a minimum of 2 weeks and often up to 8 weeks.

Surgery may be required to repair or replace damaged valves. Other indications that call for surgery include:

  • To remove vegetations
  • Drain abscesses if antibiotics do not work
  • Significant leaks from valves
  • Birth defect that connects one chamber of the heart to another

References:

  1. Cecil Medicine, 23rd Ed.
  2. The Merck Manual, 18th Ed.

Comments

navyalikitha Thursday, June 28, 2012

MAY I KNOW THE RECENT ADVANCES IN THERAPY OF ENDOCARDITIS EXACTLY?? I MEAN ANY NEW DRUGS RECENTLY INVENTED etc...

Jams34 Saturday, February 11, 2012

WHAT ARE Z PROBLEMS IF U SENT US UR WEB SITE...SINCE WE WANT SOME IDEAS IN RELATION 2 HEALTH ...,I AM St. of health ...from Ethiopia...

aravind007 Saturday, February 19, 2011

why the rate of development of the disease can happen either quickly or slowly depending on the type of germ that causes it and the medical history of the patient?

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