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Is antibiotic prophylaxis ever necessary before transoesophageal echocardiography?
  1. J B Chambers1,
  2. J L Klein2,
  3. S R Bennett3,
  4. M J Monaghan4,
  5. J C Roxburgh1
  1. 1Cardiothoracic Centre, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Infection, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Anaesthesia, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, West Yorkshire. UK
  4. 4Cardiac Department, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr John Chambers
    Cardiothoracic Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK; jboydchambers{at}


Evidence strongly suggests that antibiotic prophylaxis should not be used routinely for transoesophageal echocardiography for any indication

  • transoesophageal echocardiography
  • endocarditis
  • prophylaxis
  • antibiotics

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  • Published Online First 30 December 2005