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How is endocarditis treated?

How is endocarditis treated?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are the mainstay of therapy. Depending on the specifics, surgery may also be necessary (valve replacement). ...Read more

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How is bacterial endocarditis treated?

How is  bacterial endocarditis treated?

Antibiotics: If antibiotics are unsuccessful or if there is severe valve damage or other comlications like stroke, renal failure or heart block , or persistent infection then surgery is usually indicated. ...Read more

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How is bacterial endocarditis treated if the person is allergic to the "cillin" family of antibiotics?

How is bacterial endocarditis treated if the person is allergic to the "cillin" family of antibiotics?

Endocarditis: There are other antibiotics which do not have cross-hypersensitivity reactions with those having penicillin allergies, or in some cases desensitization may be necessary. An infectious disease expert will determine the therapy based upon the organism isolated and its sensitivities to different antibiotics. ...Read more

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A 64-year-old patient with endocarditis who must be treated with IV penicillin but reports to be allergic, what should I do? I have been assigned a 64-year-old patient with endocarditis who must be treated with IV penicillin. The patient reports an allerg

A 64-year-old patient with endocarditis who must be treated with IV penicillin but reports to be allergic, what should I do? I have been assigned a 64-year-old patient with endocarditis who must be treated with IV penicillin. The patient reports an allerg

PCN allergy: Guidelines exist. Appropriate course is generally a multidisciplinary decision involving ID and A/I, depending on the description/severity/mechanism of allergy. If concern for allergy persists after through history or if history is vague, PCN allergy skin testing has good predictive value to better define risk. If type I hypersensitivity is suspected, then desensitization could be an option ...Read more

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Can endocarditis caused by aspergillus be treated by antifungal medication?

Can endocarditis caused by aspergillus be treated by antifungal medication?

No: Voriconizole is used initially but surgical valve replacement is mandatory for survival. See: http://130.88.242.202/medicine/aspergillus/dropbox/aspergillus_website/aspergillus-web/articlesoverflow/22086858.Pdf. ...Read more

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Can you define pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis. How do these various conditions differ? How are they diagnosed and treated?

Can you define pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis. How do these various conditions differ? How are they diagnosed and treated?

It varies: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac around the heart that is often treated with antiinflammatories but may need surgery. Myocarditis can be a serious, often viral infection of the heart muscle. Treatment could be medication, artificial heart support or even a transplant. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart valves that may respond to antibiotics but might need a valve replacement. ...Read more

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What is endocarditis?

What is 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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