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Why are IV drug users more susceptible to endocarditis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Dirty/reused needles

When you are more focused on getting the drug into your vein than the equipment you use it increases your risk.
Drug addicts pay little attention to sanitizing the skin and using germ free needles to inject the drug. Anytime a germ has a chance to enter your body through poor hygiene you may develop endocarditis.

In brief: Dirty/reused needles

When you are more focused on getting the drug into your vein than the equipment you use it increases your risk.
Drug addicts pay little attention to sanitizing the skin and using germ free needles to inject the drug. Anytime a germ has a chance to enter your body through poor hygiene you may develop endocarditis.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
The drug injected may also contain bacteria.
Dr. James Thompson
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bacteria in blood

One's skin is a normal barrier to infection.
Iv drug users break the skin frequently. In addition, if the needles and/or skin are dirty, bacteria can be injected directly into the blood stream and get to the heart. Also, IV drug users often have compromised immunity.

In brief: Bacteria in blood

One's skin is a normal barrier to infection.
Iv drug users break the skin frequently. In addition, if the needles and/or skin are dirty, bacteria can be injected directly into the blood stream and get to the heart. Also, IV drug users often have compromised immunity.
Dr. James Thompson
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