Journal article

Long-term results of surgery for active infective endocarditis

Y dUdekem, TE David, CM Feindel, S Armstrong, Z Sun

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1997

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This paper was undertaken to determine the long-term outcome of active infective endocarditis treated with antibiotic and radical excision of infected tissues by surgery. METHODS: From October 1978 to August 1994, 122 consecutive patients were operated on during the acute phase of infective endocarditis. There were 85 men and 37 women whose mean age was 50 years, ranging from 20 to 79. Surgery was needed because of one or more of the following complications: cardiogenic/septic shock in 19 patients, congestive heart failure in 68, persistent sepsis in 64, peripheral embolization in 20, and cerebral embolization in 10. The offending microorganism was identified in 110 patients, stap..

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