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Surgery for infective endocarditis complicated by cerebral embolism: A consecutive series of 375 patients

Monday, June 16, 2014

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Source Name: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


Martin Misfeld, Felix Girrbach, Christian D. Etz, Christian Binner, Konstantin V. Aspern, Pascal M. Dohmen, Piroze Davierwala, Bettina Pfannmueller, Michael A. Borger, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr

The rate of cerebral embolism in patients with acute infective endocarditis (AIE) was about one quarter on CT scanning, with about one third having silent emboli. This had an adverse impact on survival. Haemorrhagic transformation was low. The authors indicate CT scanning should be routine for all patients with AIE.

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