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Infective Endocarditis (IE): Classification

by John Fisher, MD
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    00:01 Let’s turn now to the classification. We used to classify infective endocarditis as either acute endocarditis or sub-acute and sometimes even chronic. But those terms are really outmoded.

    00:19 We now classify them as either native valve endocarditis which accounts for about 78%.

    00:29 Among the native valve endocarditis, we include community-acquired and healthcare-associated, either nosocomial that developed in the hospital or non-nosocomial, that is a patient who’s a frequent flyer to the hospital, say, a dialysis patient. Then there’s another form of native valve endocarditis called that due to IV drug use and you can see the percentages. Also, we talk about pacemaker and defibrillator related endocarditis of native valves. Then we turn to the other classification which is prosthetic valve endocarditis and this includes early - less than 2 months, midterm - 2 to 12 months, and late - greater than 12 months. Why do we classify them like that, early, mid-term, and late? Well, as you might expect, if somebody develops infection on a prosthetic heart valve shortly after surgery, it’s very likely due to the organisms that were either in the hospital at the time the surgery was done before the wound healed or from skin bugs that fell into the healing wound, into the open wound or into the healing wound.

    02:04 Mid-term still includes some of those organisms but other organisms begin to creep in.

    02:10 Late prosthetic valve endocarditis, think about more than 12 months, the endothelium has covered that valve, so it’s got a new surface at that point. So actually, late prosthetic valve endocarditis is going to act a lot more like native valve endocarditis.


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    The lecture Infective Endocarditis (IE): Classification by John Fisher, MD is from the course Cardiovascular Infections.


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    1. Community acquired
    2. Nosocomial health care associated
    3. Non-nosocomial health care associated
    4. Pacemaker associated
    5. Defibrillator associated
    1. Late
    2. Early
    3. Midterm
    4. Subacute
    5. Acute
    1. Staphylococcus species
    2. Streptococcus species
    3. Bartonella species
    4. Coxiella species
    5. Haemophilus species

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     John Fisher, MD

    John Fisher, MD


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