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What is sbe prophylaxis?

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Dr. Susan Lurie
Family Medicine

In brief: Endocarditis

Sbe stands for subacute bacterial endocarditis.
It can occur in patients who have a very leaky valve in the heart (mitral valve) causing a back flow (called regurgitation) across the valve. During a dental cleaning, bacteria from the mouth may travel through the blood and seed such a valve, cause bacterial endocarditis. To prevent this, antibiotics are prescribed for these folks before cleaning.

In brief: Endocarditis

Sbe stands for subacute bacterial endocarditis.
It can occur in patients who have a very leaky valve in the heart (mitral valve) causing a back flow (called regurgitation) across the valve. During a dental cleaning, bacteria from the mouth may travel through the blood and seed such a valve, cause bacterial endocarditis. To prevent this, antibiotics are prescribed for these folks before cleaning.
Dr. Susan Lurie
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