Early transthoracic echocardiography has useful prognostic value in left-sided native valve endocarditis despite limited diagnostic performance
George S Heriot, Andrew Newcomb, Jonathan Darby, Andrew Wilson, Steven YC Tong, Allen C Cheng, Danny Liew
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY & INFECTIOUS DISEASES | SPRINGER | Published : 2019
To investigate the prognostic implications of findings on early transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in patients with definite left-sided native valve infective endocarditis (LNVIE). We reviewed a 10-year retrospective cohort of consecutive patients with definite LNVIE treated at a tertiary cardiothoracic centre. TTE studies performed within the first seven days of the index blood culture (for culture-positive cases) or hospital admission (for culture-negative cases) were reviewed for the presence of valvular vegetations, perivalvular abscesses, aortic or mitral regurgitation of moderate or greater severity or a bicuspid aortic valve. Six-week outcomes included all-cause mortality, cardiac s..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship
This work was supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program and the Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences [GH] and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship [#1065736 to SYCT].