Frank M. Griffin Jr., M.D.; Gaines Jones, M.D.; C. Glenn Cobbs, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Aortic valve incompetence is the most serious hemodynamic consequence of bacterial endocarditis. Recently, valve replacement has been successfully used before completion of antimicrobial therapy. This study determines clinical indications for valve replacement before bacteriologic cure can be accomplished. Twenty-eight patients with bacterial endocarditis in whom aortic valve incompetence was the hemodynamically dominant lesion were studied. There were 20 men and 8 women. Ages ranged from 17 to 84, with a median of 36 years. There was no history of underlying heart disease in 13; acquired heart disease was present in 11 and bicuspid aortic valve in 4. The results and
Griffin FM, Jones G, Cobbs CG. Aortic Incompetence in Bacterial Endocarditis.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:819–820. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-819_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):819-820.
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