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Commentary on endocarditis prophylaxis: a quaint custom or medical necessity?

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Funding: The work of BDP is supported by the Oxford Partnership Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre with funding from the Department of Health's NIHR Biomedical Research Centres funding scheme.

  • BDP and CKN are both contributors to forthcoming revised ESC guidelines for the management of infective endocarditis. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Health. BDP was an independent expert advisor to the NICE guidelines committee.