Which respiratory procedures in children require endocarditis prophylaxis?

Updated: Jun 01, 2020
  • Author: Samah Alasrawi, MD; Chief Editor: Buck Christensen  more...
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Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended for invasive respiratory tract procedures that involve incision or biopsy of the respiratory mucosa (eg, tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy). Antibiotic prophylaxis is not recommended for bronchoscopy unless the procedure involves incision of the respiratory tract mucosa. For invasive respiratory tract procedures to treat an established infection (eg, drainage of abscess, empyema), administer an antibiotic that is active against Streptococcus viridans.


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