An infection to the inner lining of heart caused by bacteria and germs from other parts of the body that have been spread or carried by the blood is known as infective endocarditis. This disorder in addition to destroying the valves of the heart can lead to other serious complications. Fever, shortness of breath, blood in urine and a heart murmur are symptoms of endocarditis.
HOW IS INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same would be done via a paediatric expert who would check for blood tests C reactive protein along with doing an ECG.
HOW IS INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS TREATED?
High dose antibiotics are administered intravenously. Antibiotics are typically continued for two to six weeks depending on the characteristics of the infection and the causative microorganisms.
DID YOU KNOW?
In developed countries, the annual incidence of the disease is 3 to 9 cases per 100000 people.