Endocarditis - Treatment

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How is endocarditis treated?

The mainstay of treatment is aggressive antibiotics, generally given intravenously, usually for 4-6 weeks. The duration and intensity of treatment depends on the severity of the infection and the type of bacterial organism responsible. In cases where the valve has been severely damaged by the infection, resulting in severe valve dysfunction, surgical replacement of the valve may be necessary. Response to treatment is indicated by a reduction in fever, negative blood bacterial cultures, and findings on echocardiography.

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Comment from: Rusty, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I have been in hospital since the 29th February, 2015 following two months of not feeling well which accelerated over the two weeks before being hospitalized. My symptoms of endocarditis were feeling very cold that required heavy clothing and hot water bottles! Very heavy bouts of severe shaking and often buckets of sweat. Happily, now in hospital, those symptoms are now gone but the antibiotic will continue for a further 5 weeks when hopefully they would have done their job and no surgery will be required.

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Comment from: Ratchet102, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I had mechanical valve replacement for endocarditis, a total of 10 weeks of IV antibiotics because the infection was still present during surgery. I was started on Keppra due to strokes/seizures, Toprol XL, lisinopril, and Coumadin for life.

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