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Title: Nosocomial infective endocarditis: should the definition be extended to 6 months after discharge
Authors: Peetermans, Willy ×
Hill, E. E
Herijgers, Paul
Claus, Piet
Herregods, Marie-Christine
Verhaegen, Jan
Vanderschueren, Steven #
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Publisher: Blackwell publishing
Series Title: Clinical Microbiology and Infection vol:14 issue:10 pages:970-973
Abstract: Because the microbiology and patient population of infective endocarditis (IE) have evolved, the traditional definition of nosocomial IE may require revision. The question of whether this definition should be extended to 6 months after discharge was explored, and a high rate of episodes with nosocomial pathogens (coagulase-negative staphylococci) and a low rate of episodes with community pathogens (streptococci) in the extended nosocomial group were found. Therefore, modification of the traditional definition is proposed, distinguishing between early (as traditionally described) and late nosocomial IE (IE in association with a significant invasive procedure performed during a hospitalization between 8 weeks and 6 months before the onset of symptoms).
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ISSN: 1198-743X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Experimental Cardiac Surgery
Laboratory for Clinical Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders
Cardiovascular Imaging and Dynamics
Cardiology
Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology and Mycology
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