Surgical treatment of endocarditis

M. R. Moon, E. B. Stinson, D. C. Miller

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Since early investigators first suggested that the treatment of endocarditis should include valve replacement for infections not readily controlled with medical therapy alone, the role of surgery has become expanded, yet refined, to improve the outcome of patients with this potentially fatal disease. Innovative surgical techniques have also been developed in an effort to improve the results of surgical treatment for complex sequelae of invasive infections. This article examines the current indications for surgical intervention, compares the various surgical options, and assesses the expected short- and long-term outcome after valve replacement for patients with native valve or prosthetic valve endocarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-264
Number of pages26
JournalProgress in cardiovascular diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997


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