Unique features of infective endocarditis in childhood

Patricia Ferrieri, Michael H. Gewitz, Michael A. Gerber, Jane W. Newburger, Adnan S. Dajani, Stanford T. Shulman, Walter Wilson, Ann F. Bolger, Arnold Bayer, Matthew E. Levison, Thomas J. Pallasch, Tommy W. Gage, Kathryn A. Taubert

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The observed frequency of endocarditis in children during recent years necessitates that primary care physicians, as well as specialists, consider this diagnosis in children. Survivors of surgery for complex CHD who have implanted vascular grafts, patches, or prosthetic cardiac valves are at increased risk for IE. However, children with normal hearts also may develop IE. Unique aspects of IE in pediatric populations are discussed, and tailored approaches to diagnosis, laboratory evaluation, detection of complications, therapy, and prevention of IE are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2115-2127
Number of pages13
Issue number17
StatePublished - Apr 30 2002


  • AHA scientific statements
  • Endocarditis
  • Infection
  • Pediatrics


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