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How long does endocarditis take to become irreversible?
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Highly variable
Endocarditis is usually treatable with antibiotics.
If refractory, the infected structure (usually a valve) may need to be surgically removed. Some forms of endocarditis ("sub-acute bacterial endocarditis") can be present for months with mild symptoms but is still reversible. Depends on the bug, the drug, and the condition of the patient.

In brief: Highly variable
Endocarditis is usually treatable with antibiotics.
If refractory, the infected structure (usually a valve) may need to be surgically removed. Some forms of endocarditis ("sub-acute bacterial endocarditis") can be present for months with mild symptoms but is still reversible. Depends on the bug, the drug, and the condition of the patient.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: Variable
Usually after bacterial growths have developed on the heart valves so they can no longer work efficiently.

In brief: Variable
Usually after bacterial growths have developed on the heart valves so they can no longer work efficiently.
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