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Clin Infect Dis. 2001 Nov 15;33(10):1636-43. Epub 2001 Oct 10.

Long-term outcome of infective endocarditis: the impact of early surgical intervention.

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Department of Internal Medicine "C,", Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Campus, Petach Tikvah, Israel.


To determine the impact of early surgical intervention on long-term survival in patients with infective endocarditis (IE), charts of all patients who had IE from January 1987 through December 1996 were reviewed. A total of 252 patients with definite or possible IE were included. Forty-four patients (17.5%) had early surgery on median hospital day 2 (range, 0-30 days), and 208 patients (82.5%) received medical treatment alone. On multivariate analysis, several variables, including early surgical intervention, improved long-term survival rates (hazard ratio, 1.5; P=.03), mainly in patients with Staphylococcus aureus etiology (P=.04). When patients with prosthetic devices were excluded, the median duration of survival for patients who had early surgery was >150 months, compared with 61.5 months for patients in the medical group (P=.1). Early surgical intervention compared with medical therapy alone is associated with increased short- and long-term survival rates in patients with IE, primarily when IE is caused by S. aureus.

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