Imaging techniques for diagnosis of infective endocarditis.

Journal Article (Review)

Cardiac imaging, specifically echocardiography, has greatly enhanced the ability of clinicians to effectively diagnose and manage IE. Echocardiograms should generally be obtained in all patients suspected of having IE, both to establish the diagnosis and to identify complicated cardiac involvement that may warrant surgical intervention. Transesophageal imaging is more sensitive and specific than the transthoracic approach and currently represents the optimal approach to echocardiographic imaging. Manifestations of endocardial involvement include vegetations, abscesses, aneurysms, fistulae, leaflet perforations, and valvular dehiscence. The roles of other imaging modalities including CT, MRI, and nuclear imaging have yet to be fully established.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sachdev, M; Peterson, GE; Jollis, JG

Published Date

  • May 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 185 - 195

PubMed ID

  • 12874892

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12874892

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-8651

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0733-8651(03)00026-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands