Tag Archives: endocarditis

Suboptimal Addiction Interventions for Patients Hospitalized with Injection Drug Use-Associated Infective Endocarditis

Infective endocarditis is a serious infection, often resulting from injection drug use. Inpatient treatment regularly focuses on management of infection without attention to the underlying addiction. We aimed to determine the addiction interventions done in patients hospitalized with injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis. Methods This is a retrospective review of patients hospitalized with injection drug […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

Endocarditis is Alive and Well, Unfortunately (video)

During a recent 2-week tour of duty as the attending physician on one of our busy Internal Medicine services, I saw 3 patients with complicated infective endocarditis. All of these individuals were active or former parenteral street-drug users, a factor that undoubtedly led to their intracardiac infection. I recounted for my housestaff team a quote from […]

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Pneumococcal Meningitis and Endocarditis: A Case Report

A 52-year-old man, with a history of active smoking and alcohol abuse, was admitted to hospital for a febrile coma. He had complained of headaches with fever and chills for a few days before admission. Behavioral disorders and seizures were observed. The clinical examination revealed bilateral miosis and a stiff neck. Status epilepticus required intubation […]

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