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A 65-year-old female asked:

Can endocarditis cause ankle pain light head and confusion ?

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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
It could happen: Endocarditis mostly refers to bacterial and fungal infections of heart valves that get there because the pathogen got into the bloodstream which is normally sterile. Both the path it takes to get into the blood and places other than the heart that the now blood borne infectious agent can seed (infect) could be anywhere, Debris from damaged valve can embolize (travel) to the brain causing stroke.
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Last updated Jul 5, 2019


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