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Why does bacterial endocarditis usually attack the mitral valve and not the others?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Endocarditis

Bacterial infection of the heart valves is rare.
Any valve can become infected, but usually an abnormal or damaged valve is the most susceptible. Mitral valve prolapse is one of the more common valve abnormalities and may be more likely to get infection.

In brief: Endocarditis

Bacterial infection of the heart valves is rare.
Any valve can become infected, but usually an abnormal or damaged valve is the most susceptible. Mitral valve prolapse is one of the more common valve abnormalities and may be more likely to get infection.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Dr. Gregg Albers
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not true

Ie can affect any valve and often involves the aortic valve.
Those who use IV drugs are more prone to have infection of their tricuspid valve.

In brief: Not true

Ie can affect any valve and often involves the aortic valve.
Those who use IV drugs are more prone to have infection of their tricuspid valve.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Alan Bramowitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Not so

Endocarditis may also affect aortic and tricuspid valves as well as prosthetic valves.

In brief: Not so

Endocarditis may also affect aortic and tricuspid valves as well as prosthetic valves.
Dr. Alan Bramowitz
Dr. Alan Bramowitz
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Dr. ARMAN Askari
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: It doesn't

Endocarditis usually occurs on a previously abnormal or damaged valve.
It may seem that the mitral valve has a higher incidence but it really may occur on any valve.

In brief: It doesn't

Endocarditis usually occurs on a previously abnormal or damaged valve.
It may seem that the mitral valve has a higher incidence but it really may occur on any valve.
Dr. ARMAN Askari
Dr. ARMAN Askari
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