Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 136–141

Nonculture laboratory methods for the diagnosis of infectious endocarditis

  • Pierre-Edouard Fournier
  • Didier Raoult


Over the past few years new techniques have been developed to improve the diagnosis of infectious diseases. However, despite the various available culture systems, culture-negative endocarditis currently represents a challenge for physicians. In our laboratory, in an effort to reduce the rate of endocarditis of unknown etiology, we have used several recent histologic, serologic, and molecular tests. We review the latest technical developments for the diagnosis of infectious endocarditis, including those that we are currently using.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre-Edouard Fournier
    • 1
  • Didier Raoult
    • 1
  1. 1.Unité des rickettsies, CNRS: UPRESA 6020, Faculté de médecineUniversité de la MéditerranéeMarseille cedex 05France

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