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Bacterial Endocarditis After Dental Work
Very: Infective endocarditis is always a very serious illness. It requires lengthy treatment with one or more antibiotics, may require surgery, and complications are numerous. A good infectious diseases expert can manage these, minimizing morbidity and mortality. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When a bacteria gets in the bloodstream, there is a chance of attaching to a heart valve. This is called endocarditis. If this happens, the bacteria can grow, causing lesions called vegetations to appear which can break off and plug small blood vessels in the hand, foot, or brain. The bacterial growth can also cause the valve to leak. If this is significant, valve ...Read more
AHA Guidelines: The aha (american heart association) has the latest guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis to help prevent subacute bacterial endocarditis. The indications for premedication underwent revision and changed several years ago, and most dentists and surgeons follow the aha guidelines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Virus like influenza can cause endocarditis, is the risk for serious complications as bad as bacterial endocarditis when the virus lifespan is shorter?
A heart infection...: ...Usually involving a bacteria (or sometimes a fungus) which attach to diseased or artificial heart valves. The bacteria usually get into the bloodstream from dental or other surgical procedures, but may enter through an inadvertent event. This is a very serious infection, requiring hospitalization, and often weeks of intravenous antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heart infection: Subacute infective endocarditis is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include 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. Iv drug abusers are at great risk. Symptoms may be vague and diagnosis is often delayed. Treatment is essential. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you advise me if having piercings with a prosthetic heart valve. subacute bacterial endocarditis?
No clear guidelines: Prosthetic valve indicates increased risk of endocarditis. Even under current, stricter AHA guidelines, you would need SBE prophylaxis before high-risk procedures, like dental cleaning/extractions, tonsillectomy, I&D of abscesses. No clear data about body piercings, so different MDs have different approaches. Discuss with your MD, but clean the area very well & care for the site after. Take care! ...Read more
Several: They include blood cultures, complete blood count, chemistry profile, and most importantly, an echocardiogram or cardiac ultrasound. A echocardiogram, particularly a transesophageal echocardiogram can detect with a high degree of certainty, infection of the heart valve, known as valvuvlar vegetations, and can also assess the heart for valve leakage and heart failure. ...Read more
...Usually involving a bacteria (or sometimes a fungus) which attach to diseased or artificial heart valves. The bacteria usually get into the bloodstream from dental or other surgical procedures, but may enter through an inadvertent event. This is a very serious infection, requiring hospitalization, and often ...Read more
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