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Treatment Protocols for Bacterial Endocarditis and Infection of Electrophysiologic Cardiac Devices

ByMartin E. Stryjewski, G. Ralph Corey

Infective endocarditis (IE) represents an infection on the endocardial surface of the heart produced by a variety of micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi, and intracellular pathogens such as chlamydiae, mycoplasma, and rickettsiae. Infective endocarditis is a life-threatening disease and, despite progress over last decade in its diagnosis and treatment, the disease still continues to have unacceptable mortality and morbidity rates.