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Antibiotic treatment of streptococcal, enterococcal and staphylococcal endocarditis

Author(s)Working Party of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
AbstractThe Endocarditis Working Party of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy first issued recommendations for the treatment of streptococcal and staphylococcal endocarditis in 1985. Since then numerous reports have been published of the results of treatment with the recommended regimens and with other antibiotics, some of which were not available in 1985,and the American Heart Association has recently reviewed its guidelines for antibiotic treatment. Revised diagnostic criteria and new therapeutic procedures have also become available and many more patients have had prosthetic valves implanted. We have reviewed our recommendations in light of these developments and our wish to have simplified up to date guidelines that are most appropriate for use in the UK. They are intended to cover more than 90% of the cases of infective endocarditis seen in the UK, which are caused by streptococci, enterococci and staphylococci.
Date of publishing02/01/98
Date of last review by us01/17/2005
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