Tag: Infective Endocarditis

The Shift in the Treatment of Native Valve Enterococcal Endocarditis

A 72yo male with history of hypertension, kidney stones, and recent diagnosis of acute prostatitis presents with malaise and myalgias. According to the patient, he has been feeling unwell for the past month. He had a recent outpatient visit for dysuria, the UA was positive for leukocyte esterase. A DRE revealed acute prostatitis and he

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When To Get A TEE for Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia

Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia is a cause of severe morbidity and mortality, especially when it is complicated by infective endocarditis. The mortality of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia is 20% (1) and that of infective endocarditis due to Staph aureus is much higher. Guidelines for the treatment of MRSA SAB (2) recommends the use of echocardiography, with TEE

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Enterococcal bacteremia and the risk of infective endocarditis – No Go

Enterococcal infections and bacteremia incidence have been increasing over the past decades, with enterococcal endocarditis representing 10% of all cases of infective endocarditis (1). This makes it the third most common organism implicated in IE, after Staphylococcus and streptococcus, and it is more prevalent in patients who are not drug abusers. Enterococcal bacteremia by itself

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