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Echocardiography. 1995 Nov;12(6):663-8.

Criteria for the diagnosis of endocarditis and the role of echocardiography.

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Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA.


When infective endocarditis is a diagnostic possibility, echocardiography permits noninvasive imaging of cardiac structures. As involvement of the endocardium is a sine qua non of endocarditis, echocardiography may assist in its diagnosis by demonstrating such involvement. The ability of echocardiography to detect the intracardiac manifestations of infective endocarditis has continued to improve, especially with the introduction of transesophageal imaging. This article will discuss some of the echocardiographic findings in endocarditis and elucidate the incorporation of these findings in the new Duke criteria for the diagnosis of endocarditis.

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