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Throughout this discussion, considerable emphasis has been placed on establishing a bacteriological diagnosis because of the obvious importance of instituting effective antibiotic therapy for intravascular infection at the earliest possible moment. In most analyses of series of patients with infective endocarditis (IE), those patients treated for the presumption of IE in the absence of a positive blood culture had higher mortality rates than those patients in whom microorganisms responsible for infection had been identified.(1,2)

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Infective Endocarditis Minimal Inhibitory Concen Prosthetic Valve Prosthetic Heart Valve Bacterial Endocarditis 
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  • Lawrence R. Freedman
    • 1
  1. 1.VA Wadsworth Medical CenterUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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