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What is subacute bacterial endocarditis?

What is subacute bacterial endocarditis?

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 more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Bacterial Endocarditis (Definition)

...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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Can you tell me of or have subacute bacterial endocarditis or sbe?

Can you tell me of or have subacute bacterial endocarditis or sbe?

Not sure of question: Symptoms in SBE can be quite variable, but typically reflect a slow or indolent course, as opposed to acute endocarditis, with symptoms evolving over weeks. Systemic complaints are common, like fever, chills, poor appetite, weight loss, malaise, headache, muscle aches, night sweats, cough, or joint pains. Cardiac sxs may include dizziness, shortness of breath, swelling or edema. ...Read more

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What is subacute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis?

What is subacute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis?

Prophylaxis: This is antibiotic therapy given before a procedure which may induce bacteria into the blood stream in a patient with pre-existing heart valve abnormalities. There is very little evidence outside of some animal studies to suggest the efficacy of this, but it is often used because the doctor believes it is effective, or in fear of subsequent litigation if they fail to do so. ...Read more

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Can I get sbe(subacute bacterial endocarditis) from a person by sharing his /her glass?

No: Sbe comes about from bacteria in the circulation lodging in a blood stream dead space in the heart usually due to valvular dysfunction or congenital abnormalities of cardiac surface. They then proliferate in that nutrient rich space can shed bacteria into the brain, eye and other parts of the body. The glass in question would have to be infected and your body have an opening for that infection. ...Read more

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Why does subacute bacterial endocarditis may give embolic manifestation but not in acute rheumatic fever?

Debris breaks off : Rheumatic fever is a misguided attack on your heart by your own immune system. Rheumatic fever creates damage that can cause susceptiblity to endocarditis. In bacterial endocarditis, colonies of bacteria develop on a heart valve or other intravascular structure. Clumps of bacteria, infection fighting cells or other debris can break off and travel through the body. ...Read more

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Can you advise me if having piercings with a prosthetic heart valve. subacute bacterial endocarditis?

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

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How serious is bacterial endocarditis after delivery?

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 more

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Why heparin is contraindicated in bacterial endocarditis?

Mycotic aneurysm: Use of blood thinners in bacterial endocarditis is associated with increased chance of mycotic aneurysms of the brain which can ultimately result in bleeding of the brain. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is bacterial endocarditis?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is bacterial endocarditis?

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 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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Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more