What is the role of echocardiography in the workup of fever of unknown origin (FUO)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Echocardiography is highly sensitive in diagnosing endocarditis, particularly when transesophageal echocardiography is available. Culture-negative endocarditis is reported in 5%-10% of endocarditis cases. Prior antibiotic therapy is the most common reason for negative blood culture results.


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