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    Re:Comments on: The infective endocarditis team: recommendations from an international working group
    • John B Chambers, Professor of Clinical Cardiology
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jonathan Sandoe, Simon Ray, Bernard Prendergast, Chris Arden, Jo Wilson, Brian Campbell, Christa Gohlke-Baerwolf, Carlos A Mestres, Raphael Rosenhek, Philippe Pibarot, Catherine Otto

    We thank Dr San Roman and colleagues for their comment on our editorial. They suggest that all cases with endocarditis should be referred to a reference center because the specialist expertise to monitor their progress may not be available at general hospitals.

    The typical length of intravenous antibiotic therapy for patients with endocarditis is 4-6 weeks and beds in most cardiac centers are limited so that...

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    Comments on: The infective endocarditis team: recommendations from an international working group

    Chambers et al1 give some wise recommendations regarding infective endocarditis management. They recognize the grim prognosis of the disease (mortality: 20-64%), the importance of dedicated teams of experts, and the prominent role of early surgery; despite this, they suggest that some patients can be adequately managed in centres without dedicated teams of experts and surgical facilities, and propose nine indications for...

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