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I am having fever for past one month. The temperature is 37.4 c. Is it due to endocarditis?

I am having fever for past one month. The temperature is 37.4 c. Is it due to endocarditis?

Temp of 37.4: It is doubtful that you have any problem as a temp of 37.4 is considered normal. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Definition)

An infection of the inner lining of your heart. It generally occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart. Left untreated, endocarditis can damage or destroy your heart valves and can ...Read more


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How is endocarditis diagnosed?

How is endocarditis diagnosed?

Fever, murmur: It is difficult to know for sure some times but if there is fever with elevated sedimentation rate with a positive blood clture in a patient with a murmur an abnormal heart valve which may or may not cause congestive heart failure. An echocardiogram. May show the vegetations in the valve. The history helps...Most common in HIV patients IV drug users, or elderly pts. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of endocarditis?

What are symptoms of endocarditis?

Multiple: Fever, skin hemorrhages especially under the nails, blood in urine, heart failure, weakness and pain in locations affected by thrombo-emboli from the cardiac vegetations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of endocarditis?

What are the symptoms of endocarditis?

Many: Fever, weakness, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, weight loss. Signs include anemia, new or changing heart murmur, peripheral emboli and hematuria. Diagnosis is made by blood culture and/or demonstration of valvular vegetations on echocardiography. ...Read more

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Would I know for sure if I had Endocarditis? How would I know?

Would I know for sure if I had Endocarditis? How would I know?

Echocardiogram: The ideal test to rule out endocarditis is transesophageal echocardiogram, along with blood cultures in appropriate settings. But you can start with a standard 2 dimensional echocardiogram ...Read more

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Could endocarditis be asymptomatic?

Could endocarditis be asymptomatic?

For a time: The classic form of endocarditis is a bacterial infection of the lining of the heart. If the organism has low virulence, then the early stages of endocarditis can be entirely asymptomatic. Typically, over time, though, we believe that the infection worsens, eventually causing symptoms and signs. Fever, heart failure, new murmur, embolism are all potential signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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What is meant by infective endocarditis?

What is meant by infective endocarditis?

Heart infection: Infective endocarditis (ie) is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include one or more heart valves, the walls, or a septal defect. People at greatest risk of endocarditis have a damaged heart valve, an artificial heart valve or other heart defects. ...Read more

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What bacteria leads to endocarditis?

What bacteria leads to endocarditis?

Endocarditis: Read this:

http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001098.Htm.

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How deadly is infective endocarditis?

How deadly is infective endocarditis?

Endocarditis: Infective Endocarditis (IE) is a serious disease cause by both bacteria/fungi infecting the inner lining of the heart (endocardium). It requires aggressive antibiotic/fungal treatment-but can also include surgery to repair/replace heart valves effected. The usual cause of death is congestive heart failure - neurologic complication are also often seen. Mortality can be 20-25% even with treatment. ...Read more

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How high would crp be in endocarditis?

Moot: C-reactive protein is neither very sensitive or very specific for much of anything. At best, it is one piece of information. If there is any real concern that this may be endocarditis, ultrasonography of the heart and blood cultures should be performed ...Read more

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Does acute stage of endocarditis produces fever?

Does acute stage of endocarditis produces fever?

Usually: Bacterial endocarditis usually but not always causes fever. The fever may not be present early in the disease and may develop later depending on the infecting organism. As you have fever and a valvular abnormality you should be evaluated by your doctor. Blood and other cultures and a cardiac echo may be indicated. ...Read more

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What streptococcus causes infective endocarditis?

What streptococcus causes infective endocarditis?

Endocarditis: It is estimated that about 2/3 of the cases of endocarditis are caused by streptococcal bacteria. Streptococcal bacteria causing endocarditis include streptococcus viridans as well as groups a, c, and g streptococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Is fever between (99-100 f)is due to endocarditis?

Not necessarily: Seems to be a bit of an obsession about endocarditis. Lots of reaons for a fever. If it persists, get it checked. ...Read more

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The difference between endocarditis and pericarditis?

The difference between endocarditis and pericarditis?

Carditis: Endo- is the lining of the heart, peri is the covering over thehe art. ...Read more

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What bacteria causes endocarditis? How is it treated?

Endocarditis: Read this:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Infective_endocarditis

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Does fever from endocarditis go away? Or is it persistent?

Does fever from endocarditis go away? Or is it persistent?

Fever: Fever in endocarditis can wax and wane, that is it comes and goes but persists. ...Read more

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I have had strokes from endocarditis were they hemoragic?

No: Strokes from endocarditis are caused by small pieces of the infection in the heart along with clotted blood products breaking off in the heart and traveling to the brain. Occasionally, ischemic strokes such as these can begin to bleed, but they are not "hemorrhagic strokes" and usually not life threatening unless very large. ...Read more

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Are hemorhagic strokes the type you have from endocarditis?

Are hemorhagic strokes the type you have from endocarditis?

Yes, very risky: Bacterial endocarditis results in valvular infection that promotes septic emboli, which may go to brain causing a mycotic aneurysm. If uncontrolled the blood vessel ruptures with secondary local hematoma. A great reason for avoiding anti-coagulants in bacterial endocarditis. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is infective endocarditis?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is infective endocarditis?

Heart infection: Infective endocarditis (ie) is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include one or more heart valves, the walls, or a septal defect. People at greatest risk of endocarditis have a damaged heart valve, an artificial heart valve or other heart defects. ...Read more

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Can oral antibiotics be successful in treating endocarditis?

No: Oral antibiotics are not recommended for treatment of endocarditis due to any organisms. Treatment requires 2 to 6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics sometimes in combination depending on the infecting organism and whether on native or prosthetic heart valve. ...Read more

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Is there a link between flossing and infective endocarditis?

Is there a link between flossing and infective endocarditis?

Yes, per current inf: Current info does substantiate such a periodontal cardiac relationship. Flossing is important in maintaining proper periodontal health. ...Read more

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What causes cardiomyopathy to lead to infective endocarditis?

Doesn't: Cardiomyopathy, by itself, does not 'lead' to endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the lining of the heart and usually heart valves. However, if you have cardiomyopathy, there may be abnormalities of the heart valves too, particularly leaking valves. This may slightly raise the risk of getting endocarditis in certain circumstances. ...Read more

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Please help really worried? They want to test for endocarditis.

Please help really worried? They want to test for endocarditis.

Endocarditis, IE: Ie is a rare infection inchildren without underlying heart disease.
It is usually caused by bacteria and can be serious, however your doctor may want to look r/o ie because of fever or infection form an unknown source. It consist of blood tests and an echocardiogram usually. Most of the time these test are negative. If positive, it is very important not to delay treatment. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of endocarditis caused by aspergillus?

What is the survival rate of endocarditis caused by aspergillus?

Varies: Endocarditis is a very serious illness, and aspergillus induced endocarditis will likely be difficult to treat. Survivability always depends on preexisting health conditions, physical health, age, and cardiac function. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for endocarditis?

No pills: Endocarditis is a severe infection in the heart that needs urgent treatment with medications by vein in a hospital setting where you can be monitored very closely. Now, if you have some types of heart defects and want to "prevent" endocarditis, then under some circumstances you will need to take antibiotics by mouth (or vein) an hour before some types of medical procedures. ...Read more

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What is infective endocarditis? Does infective mean it's contagious?

Bacteria: Infective endocarditis is a bacterial blood infection that has infected the heart as well. It is not contagious. ...Read more

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What is the most common bacterium causing acute infective endocarditis?

Stypyococcus: Staph endocarditis is most common pathogen. Ithere are strep and other bacteria but clinical settings may va ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Cardiac (Definition)

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