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How Is Endocarditis Treated
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have mvp. I've got tonsillitis which was treated with rocephin (ceftriaxone) and erythromycin. Worried for 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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