What is the role of echocardiography 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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Echocardiography has become the indirect diagnostic method of choice, especially in patients who present with a clinical picture of IE but who have nondiagnostic blood culture results (eg, some patients with fungal endocarditis). The diagnosis of IE can never be excluded based on negative echocardiogram findings, either from TTE or from TEE.


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