In bacterial endocarditis in drug addicts, the pathophysiological mechanism, causative agent, clinical picture and treatment differ in several respects from the endocarditis that was observed up to 10 years ago. A description is presented of the experience gathered in 10 patients who were hospitalized with this pathological condition. A noticeable element was the high frequency of septic pulmonary complications which may mask the underlying endocarditis. The value of echo-cardiographic diagnostic examination is discussed at some length.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 1981|