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Infective endocarditis 

Infective endocarditis
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Infective endocarditis
Author(s):

Gilbert Habib

and Franck Thuny

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199599639.003.0018
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date: 22 August 2019

Echocardiography plays a key role in the assessment of infective endocarditis. It is useful for the diagnosis of endocarditis, the assessment of severity of the disease, the prediction of short-term and long-term prognosis, the prediction of embolic risk, the management of the complications of endocarditis, and the follow-up of patients under specific antibiotic therapy.

The ‘Guidelines on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infective endocarditis’ of the European Society of Cardiology and the ‘Recommendations for the practice of echocardiography in infective endocarditis’ of the European Association for Echocardiography recently underlined the value and limitations of echocardiography in infective endocarditis, and gave clear recommendations for the optimal use of both transthoracic echocardiography and transoesophageal echocardiography in infective endocarditis.

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