Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, M.D.; James S. Tan, M.D.; John P. Phair, M.D.
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Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis, a life-threatening disease in spite of the availability of antimicrobial therapy, is uniformly fatal if therapy is delayed. The clinical presentation and outcome of this disease over a period of 3 decades (1941 to 1971) were evaluated. Sixty-four cases were reviewed. In 10 cases (seven patients did not have a murmur and fever) antemortem blood cultures were not obtained, and the diagnosis was made at autopsy. All except one of these 10 patients were in their seventh, eighth, or ninth decade of life. Of the remaining 54 patients, only 21 survived. Survivors manifested slow clinical improvement with
Watanakunakorn C, Tan JS, Phair JP. Salient Features of Staphylococcus aureus Endocarditis.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:873. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-873_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):873.
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