Current best practices and guidelines. Assessment and management of complications in infective endocarditis.


Journal Article (Review)

The most important complications of endocarditis are congestive heart failure, paravalvular abscess formation, and embolism, especially stroke. In addition, endocarditis may be complicated by septic arthritis, vertebral osteomyelitis, pericarditis, metastatic abscesses and an array of renal problems ranging from immune-complex glomerulonephritis to renal abscesses. Adverse reactions associated with medical treatment of endocarditis can also result in significant complications such as ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity, skin rashes, and serum sickness. This review focuses on the cardiac, embolic, neurologic and renal complications of endocarditis and discusses how these complications influence the clinical management of individual cases in daily practice.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sexton, DJ; Spelman, D

Published Date

  • May 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 273 - viii

PubMed ID

  • 12874898

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12874898

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-8651

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0733-8651(03)00031-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands