Table 1

Clinical characteristics in the two patient groups

Surgery group (n = 39)Antibiotic group (n = 10)p Value
Age (years) (mean (SD))50  (15)59  (10)NS
Male sex338NS
Concomitant heart disease1-150 295NS
Previous heart operations
Previous endocarditis152NS
Onset of endocarditis
 Early (⩽ 2 months)4 2
 Late (> 2 months)358NS
Heart failure90NS
Need for catecholamines90NS
Embolic events165NS
Duration of antibiotic treatment (days)
(mean (SD))
41 (17)102 (94)0.039
  • 1-150 Concomitant heart disease was defined as coronary artery disease, hypertensive heart disease, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.