What is the role of blood cultures in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE)?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The criterion standard test for diagnosing infective endocarditis (IE) is the documentation of a continuous bacteremia (>30 min in duration) based on blood culture results.


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