When should a diagnosis of fungal infective endocarditis (IE) be considered?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most types of fungal IE have a low rate of positive blood culture results. At best, only 50% of Candida species are associated with positive blood culture results. Histoplasma and Aspergillus are almost never retrieved from the bloodstream. Fungal endocarditis must always be considered in the clinical setting of culture-negative IE that fails to respond to appropriate antibiotic therapy.


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