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Clinical manifestations and evaluation of adults with suspected native valve endocarditis

Authors
Daniel J Sexton, MD
Vance G Fowler, Jr, MD
Section Editor
Catherine M Otto, MD
Deputy Editor
Elinor L Baron, MD, DTMH

INTRODUCTION

Infective endocarditis (IE) refers to infection of the endocardial surface of the heart; it usually refers to infection of one or more heart valves or infection of an intracardiac device.

The clinical manifestations and evaluation of adults with suspected native valve IE will be reviewed here. Issues related to risk factors, complications, antimicrobial therapy, surgery, and outcome of native valve IE are discussed separately:

(See "Epidemiology, risk factors, and microbiology of infective endocarditis".)

(See "Complications and outcome of infective endocarditis".)

(See "Antimicrobial therapy of native valve endocarditis".)

                   

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