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Surgical outcomes of infective endocarditis among intravenous drug users

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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Source Name: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


Joon Bum Kim, Julius I. Ejiofor, Maroun Yammine, Masahiko Ando, Janice M. Camuso, Ilan Youngster, Sandra B. Nelson, Arthur Y. Kim, Serguei I. Melnitchouk, James D. Rawn, Thomas E. MacGillivray, Lawrence H. Cohn, John G. Byrne, Thoralf M. Sundt III

Data from two institutions were evaluated for the period 2002-2014 including 436 patients affected by endocarditis, of whom 18% were current intravenous drug users (IVDUs).   IVDUs had a lower risk of operative mortality but had an increased rate of valve-related complications, mostly related to higher rates of reinfection.   

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