JACQUES B. WALLACH, M.D.; MACELLIS GLASS, B.A.; LESLIE LUKASH, M.D.; ALFRED A. ANGRIST, M.D.
For many years the occurrence of bacterial endocarditis in the older age group has been inadequately emphasized. A review of several groups of patients with bacterial endocarditis reported in the literature indicates that a considerable number of these cases occur in older patients. These figures appear in table 1.
In 1940 Bayles and Lewis4 reviewed 28 cases in patients more than 40 years of age in whom the diagnosis was established at autopsy. They observed that subacute bacterial endocarditis had "not been sufficiently considered in those over 40." Sixteen (57%) of their cases were super-imposed on rheumatic heart disease, seven
WALLACH JB, GLASS M, LUKASH L, ANGRIST AA. BACTERIAL ENDOCARDITIS IN THE AGED1. Ann Intern Med. ;42:1206–1213. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-42-6-1206
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;42(6):1206-1213.
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