Bacterial endocarditis in drug addicts

S. A. Danner, W. Wieling, C. M. Roos, A. J. Dunning

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-375
Number of pages7
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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