Diagnostic methods current best practices and guidelines for isolation of bacteria and fungi in infective endocarditis.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

This article addresses the clinical need for accurate detection of bacteria and fungi that may cause infective endocarditis (IE). The pathophysiology of bacteremia during endocarditis is reviewed to provide an understanding of how current diagnostic methods may be used to determine the etiologic diagnosis. The critical contribution of microbiologic findings to the current clinical diagnostic criteria is emphasized. Finally, "best practices" recommendations are presented to optimize the likelihood of reaching a correct etiologic diagnosis while minimizing the number of "culture-negative" cases.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Towns, ML; Reller, LB

Published Date

  • June 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 363 - x

PubMed ID

  • 12092477

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-5520

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0891-5520(02)00002-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States