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Does antibiotic prophylaxis really prevent streptococci infective endocarditis?
  1. Didier Raoult,
  2. Cédric Abat
  1. URMITE, Aix MarseilleUniversité, IHU Méditerranée Infection, AP-HM, Marseille, Marseille, France
  1. Correspondence to Professor Didier Raoult, URMITE, UMR CNRS 7278, IRD 198, INSERM U1095, IHU Méditerranée Infection, Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Aix-Marseille Université, 27 boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille CEDEX 05, France; Didier.Raoult{at}

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To the Editor,

We read with interest the work presented by Cahill et al 1 in which the authors evaluate the impact of antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent bactaeremia and infective endocarditis in patients undergoing dental procedures. The analysis was performed based on 36 studies, including 21 bacteraemia studies, five case controls and cohort studies and 10 time trend studies.

It is generally well established that dental cares cause bacteraemia and that most …

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  • Contributors DR and CA wrote the paper.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.