What is the definition of Infective Endocarditis?

Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infection of the inner lining of the heart chambers (endocardium) and valves. This condition is sometimes called "endocarditis," although it is important to distinguish it from non-infective endocarditis. IE is caused by bacteria, fungi, or other germs invading the bloodstream and attaching to the heart. IE can damage the heart and cause serious and sometimes fatal complications. It can develop quickly or slowly depending on what type of germ is causing it and whether there is an underlying heart problem. Common symptoms of IE are fever and other flu-like symptoms, but signs and symptoms can vary. It can also cause problems in many other parts of the body besides the heart. IE is typically treated with antibiotics for several weeks; some individuals may need heart surgery to repair or replace heart valves or remove infected heart tissue.

What are the alternative names for Infective Endocarditis?

  • Endocarditis, infective
  • Condition: Infective Endocarditis
  • Journal: Brazilian journal of cardiovascular surgery
  • Treatment Used: Tricuspid Valve Repair with Autologous Pericardium
  • Number of Patients: 1
  • Published —
The study researched a case of infective endocarditis, in an infant, caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
  • Condition: Basilar Artery Dissection Complicated with Infective Endocarditis
  • Journal: International heart journal
  • Treatment Used: Mitral Valve Repair, Antibiotics
  • Number of Patients: 1
  • Published —
This case report describes a 14 year-old boy diagnosed with infective endocarditis of the mitral valve and basilar artery dissection treated with mitral valve repair and antibiotics.