Diagnosis and management of infective endocarditis


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© Springer-Verlag London 2014. Although infective endocarditis is a relatively uncommon diagnosis in the pediatric population, it carries a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Endocarditis is increasing in frequency and changing in epidemiology due to the improvement in surgical outcomes for complex congenital heart disease, increasing survival of very low birth weight infants, and advances in invasive medical technology. It is now primarily a nosocomial disease, which is complicated by increasing bacterial resistance patterns. Effective detection of the signs and symptoms of infective endocarditis is the key to prompt diagnosis and treatment in order to improve associated patient outcomes. Detection requires a high level of diagnostic suspicion along with a team approach to care with pediatric cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and infectious disease consultation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Camitta, MGW; Geme, JWS; Li, JS

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Book Title

  • Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Intensive Care

Start / End Page

  • 2307 - 2327

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781447146186

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-4471-4619-3_4

Citation Source

  • Scopus