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[Infectious endocarditis: a current overview on an "old" disease].

Authors
  • do Carmo, Germano
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revista portuguesa de cirurgia cardio-torácica e vascular : órgão oficial da Sociedade Portuguesa de Cirurgia Cardio-Torácica e Vascular
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2005
Volume
12
Issue
2
Pages
79–85
Identifiers
PMID: 16077879
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The infectious endocarditis, first described by William Osler in 1885, is and still remains nowadays as a severe disease, with difficult diagnosis and coursing with high morbi-mortality rates. However, along the years, the disease showed significant modifications in its epidemiology, risk factors, etiologic agents, new study and diagnostic tests and new treatment modalities, medical and surgical, which are the subject of an extensive review by the author, based on an accumulated clinical experience during the last three decades.

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