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Antibiotic treatment of bacterial endocarditis


Infective endocarditis is at least as common today as it was 50 years ago but now affects rather older patients. Despite modern antibiotic therapy 15 to 30% of patients still die. A working party of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) has recently made recommendations1 for the antibiotic treatment of streptococcal and staphylococcal endocarditis on which this article is based; advice from other specialists is also included.

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