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Characteristics of bacterial endocarditis in heroin addicts in Detroit.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1266890     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Over 24 months (January 1972-December 1973) 48 intravenous heroin users were admitted to Detroit General Hospital with 50 episodes of bacterial endocarditis (B.E.). Staphylococcus aureus (25 cases), enterococci (13 cases), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (5 cases) were the usual pathogens, accounting for 86 per cent of these illnesses. Occasional episodes were due to other streptococci or diphtheroids which were susceptible to penicillin G. Staphylococcal and pseudomonas endocarditis usually involved the tricuspid valve, while enterococci affected aortic or mitral valves. Pre-existing valvular heart disease was not the sole determinant of the site of infection.
M R El-Khatib; F M Wilson; A M Lerner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of the medical sciences     Volume:  271     ISSN:  0002-9629     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Med. Sci.     Publication Date:    1976 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-07-06     Completed Date:  1976-07-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370506     Medline TA:  Am J Med Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  197-201     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Endocarditis, Bacterial / complications*,  diagnosis
Heart Murmurs
Heroin Dependence / complications*
Pseudomonas Infections / diagnosis
Pulmonary Embolism / diagnosis
Sepsis / diagnosis
Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis
Streptococcal Infections / diagnosis

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