What is the treatment for bacterial endocarditis?

Antibiotics. Broad spectrum antibiotics to start. In severe cases of endocarditis, open heart surgery to replace the infected valve is a life saving necessity, provided that the damage to both the valve and the heart is not beyond repair.

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My daughter was diagnoised with bacterial endocarditis that damaged her heart valves. They told us the damage is to sever to be what can we do if a doctor said heart valve damage is too sever and we need to make my daughter a dnr. Is there other treatment

There . There is not enough informaion provided to understand your daughter's condition but certainly you should obtain a second opinion from a cardiologist and i would suggest getting that opinion from a university center and a cardiac team that does a large volume of cardiac surgeries and heart procedures and cardiac transplants. Read more...
Bacterial . Bacterial endocarditis can be a devastating disease indeed and i cannot imagine the pain and suffering you are going through. While far more information is needed to render a definitive opinion, i will offer some thoughts that i hope you will find useful in deciding how best to proceed. Although damage to the heart valves is certainly one of the potential serious complications of bacterial endocarditis, it is important to clarify whether that is in fact the main reason that have led her doctors to recommended that you consider changing your daughter's code status to dnr (an abbreviation for do not resuscitate). In my experience, unless her endocarditis occurred sometime time ago, the damage was very severe, involved multiple valves and went unrecognized and thus untreated for some time, it is possible, if not likely that there are other reasons for the ‘dnr’ recommendation (examples such as infected emboli to her brain or other important organs, etc.). If the reason for the ‘dnr’ recommendation is in fact the severity of her heart valve disease, find out all you can and seek another opinion. Based on what i can discern from your question, I am afraid there is likely to be more here than what is obvious from the available information. Read more...

What are the tests for bacterial endocarditis?

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...

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...

What's the chance of having bacterial endocarditis if I have fever?

Rare. You would require an infection with the right bacteria, have suseptibilty to endocarditis, possibly have heart issue (valve) that predisposes to getting a heart infection. Most general fevers are not endocarditis. Discuss symptoms with your doctor. Read more...
Low. Very very low. Do you have an underlying heart defect? A bicuspid aortic valve? The most commom cause of a fever is just a simple virus. Someone with bacterial endocarditis typically has many additional symptoms and is quite sick. Read more...
Pretty low. Less than 1% of people with fever have endocarditis. Do you have valvular heart disease or an artificial heart valve or a pacemaker? If not your risk is low. If your fever does not resolve or if it is associated with chills, lethargy or weakness see your doc. Read more...

Please tell me the difference between pericarditis and bacterial endocarditis?

Difference. Pericarditis is inflammation of the lining around the heart - the pericardium, generally with a fluid collection between the pericardium and the heart. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, generally on a valve surface, either natural or artificial. Read more...
Infection. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. While infection can be a cause, it is low on the list. Bacterial endocarditis is an infection involving the inside of the heart or heart valves. Read more...

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...

What is the definition or description of: bacterial endocarditis?

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 more...
Heart infection. Bacterial endocarditis is an infection of the innermost lining of the heart muscle, the endocardium, by any of a variety of bacterial organisms. Often, bacterial endocarditis occurs in patients with existing structural heart conditions such as abnormal cardiac valves or abnormal communications between heart chambers. The bacteria may be introduced into the bloodstream during invasive procedures. Read more...

What is subacute bacterial endocarditis?

Infection of heart. The "subacute" part means the patient is not obviously sick.The infection is always serious and must be treated as soon as possible with powerful antibiotics. Read more...
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...
Valve infection. Infection of heart valve frequently diagnosed on surface or transesophageal echocardiogram. Read more...
Heart valve. Hi. Subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE) is a bacterial infection of one or more heart valves. Risks for SBE include heart valve abnormalities, dental accesses, and IV drug abuse. It is very serious, and treatment to save valves (if possible) requires prolonged IV antibiotics. Sometimes valves need replacement. Good luck. Read more...

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...