The diagnostic accuracy of transthoracic echocardiography to detect echocardiographic signs of infective endocarditis is high in those patients with cardiac murmur and optimal acoustic window. In those patients with these characteristics, without prosthetic heart valves and a negative transthoracic echocardiography for infective endocarditis other diagnostic possibilities should be ruled out before performing of a transesophageal echocardiography.
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