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Diagnosis of culture-negative endocarditis: the role of the Duke criteria and the impact of transesophageal echocardiography.
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PMID:  11431671     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The Duke criteria have been shown to be more sensitive than the von Reyn criteria in the diagnosis of culture-positive endocarditis but to date have not been fully validated for culture-negative endocarditis (CNE). The aim of this study was (1) to compare the diagnostic accuracy of the Duke criteria versus clinical judgment and the von Reyn criteria in CNE and (2) to assess the diagnostic impact of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) on the Duke criteria in CNE. METHODS: The study group consisted of 49 patients with suspected CNE in whom the presence (n = 32) or absence (n = 17) of endocarditis was confirmed by surgery, autopsy, or both. All patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and TEE. They were classified into a Duke category initially with TTE data only, and then the Duke categories were reevaluated with the additional TEE data. RESULTS: The Duke criteria demonstrated a significantly higher sensitivity (72%) than the von Reyn criteria (28%; P =.0008) and a higher specificity (100%) than clinical judgment (76%; P =.02). No major differences were noted between sensitivities of the Duke criteria and clinical judgement. TEE significantly augmented the capacity to diagnose CNE by Duke criteria versus TTE (P <.05). CONCLUSIONS: The Duke criteria are of high diagnostic validity for the conduction of clinical studies on CNE. They have the potential to affect clinical decision-making, based on the higher specificity versus clinical judgment. TEE appears to be crucial for the diagnosis of CNE when the Duke criteria are applied. The diagnostic differentiation between CNE, sclerotic valve degeneration, and nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis remains a challenge.
L I Kupferwasser; H Darius; A M Müller; C Martin; S Mohr-Kahaly; R Erbel; J Meyer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American heart journal     Volume:  142     ISSN:  0002-8703     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. Heart J.     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-06-29     Completed Date:  2001-08-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370465     Medline TA:  Am Heart J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  146-52     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Medicine II, University of Essen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Chi-Square Distribution
Diagnosis, Differential
Echocardiography, Transesophageal
Endocarditis, Bacterial / microbiology,  ultrasonography*
Middle Aged
Predictive Value of Tests
Prospective Studies
Sensitivity and Specificity

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