What kind of infection is infective endocarditis?

Usually bacterial. Infective endocarditis is usually bacterial infection of the heart valves, but fungi can also cause endocarditis.

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What type of fever we have when there is infective endocarditis?

Constant low grade. Because during most cases of endocarditis the bacteremia is low grade and constant, the fever pattern (assuming no interruption by antipyretics or antibiotics) is also low grade. If spikes occur they may be related to metastatic foci of infection occurring because of the bacteremia. Complicated infection and hope you have a top-notch infectious disease expert and a good cv surgeon following you. Read more...

Should I pre-medicate to prevent infective endocarditis?

Depends. It depends on whether the situation your facing is likely to produce significant bacteremia (bacteria in blood), and whether you have a significant structural abnormality of your heart that would make you more susceptible to acquire infective endocarditis. Read more...
Depends. In 2007 the american heart association, american college of cardiology, and american dental association downgraded its recommendations based on new research which showed that endocarditis is, in most instances, rarer than then the rare serious side effects of antibiotics. People with artificial valves or certain uncorrected forms of congenital heart disease do need prophylaxis. Others don't. Read more...
Depends. Antibiotic prophylaxis recommendations have changed significantly. Talk to your physician or cardiologist. Read more...

Is infective endocarditis caused if endocardium is ok? I got cut yesterday by dirt blade, no local signs of inflamation. Blade was put in KMnO4 before

Unlikely a problem. Endocarditis is more often an infection of those with a debilitating illness or involved with the intravenous drug use.There is potential for showering the heart with contaminant germs using unsterile technique. Your simple cut does not rise to the level of risk needed to produce this disease. Read more...

I have mild MVP with mild regurgitation. Am I at risk of infective endocarditis?

MVP. We generally consider valve lesions with hemodynamic abnormalities with high velocity flows to be at increased endocarditis risk. If you have some mitral regurgitation then you are at increased risk compared to no mitral regurgitation. Read more...

How bad is infective endocarditis?

It can be bad... can cause death, heart failue with valve not working, sepsis, stroke or other end organ issues with septic emboli (infected vegetation migrating through blood), etc. Hence, need a concerted team of docs to treat for best outcome. Serious but lots of patients survive. Read more...
May be critical. IE - Infection of the inside lining of the heart and heart valves usually caused by bacteria can be life threatening. It can permanently damage heart valves . It requires immediate and aggressive medical attention usually in hospital as well as multiple IV antibiotics. It can also be caused by fungi and other agents. Serious! Read more...

How harmful is infective endocarditis?

Potentially fatal. Infectious (bacterial) endocarditis is typically fatal without treatment, and occasionally fatal even with appropriate treatment. Typically, six weeks of IV antibiotics are required. Sometimes, the heart is damaged and requires surgical repair, and sometimes, the infection can not be cleared from the heart without surgery (abscess). Read more...

What streptococcus causes infective endocarditis?

Endocarditis. It is estimated that about 2/3 of the cases of endocarditis are caused by streptococcal bacteria. Streptococcal bacteria causing endocarditis include streptococcus viridans as well as groups a, c, and g streptococcal bacteria. Read more...
Alpha streptococci. Are the most common cause of this infection. The Alpha refers to the partial hemolysis found on a blood agar plate producing a green color as compared to the complete hemolysis of the beta strep. This green color is from where the term viridans streptococcus comes from. There is, however, no organism formally called streptococcus viridans. Read more...

Why does digit clubbing and pethicheae arise as complications of infective endocarditis?

Many of the. Peripheral manifestations of endocarditis are do to antigen-antibody complex deposition including these, . They develop in so-called subacute bacterial endocarditis that has gone on for weeks prior to being treated. Read more...

Can any one please explain what are the differences between adult infective endocarditis and pediatric infective endocarditis?

They are similar. Both are life-threatening conditions that involve bacteria growing on the valves of the heart. Bacteria from the body or from tics can cause overwhelming illness, or destroy the electrical system of the heart. Because adults tend to have stiffer hearts with more calcium deposits, surgery is more often needed to cure the illness. Either way, long courses of intravenous antibiotics are needed. Read more...