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Infective Endocarditis (Guidelines on Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of)

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

Topics: Infective Endocarditis


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Publication dateVersionsReferencesSize
 Essential MessagesEssential Messages - IE850 KB
2009Full TextEuropean Heart Journal (2009) 30, 2369–2413; doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehp285
 Pocket GuidelinesIE Pocket Guidelines
 Pocket GuidelinesCompendium of Abridged ESC Guidelines
 PdaDownload the PDA Version
2012 Slide-setGuidelines Slide set on Infective Endocarditis5 MB
 CME QuestionsCME Questions - Infective Endocarditis

Current translated versions available to download:


Gilbert Habib (Chairperson); Bruno Hoen; Pilar Tornos; Franck Thuny; Bernard Prendergast; Isidre Vilacosta; Philippe Moreillon; Manuel de Jesus Antunes; Ulf Thilen; John Lekakis; Maria Lengyel; Ludwig Muller; Christoph K. Naber; Petros Nihoyannopoulos; Anton Moritz; Jose Luis Zamorano

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Table of contents: Full Text (ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines)

A to H

  • Preamble
  • Justification of the problem
  • Epidemiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Preventive measures
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis assessment at admission

I. Complications & indications for surgery in left-sided native valve IE

  • Indications and optimal timing for surgery
  • Principles, methods, and immediate results of surgery

J. Other complications of infective endocarditis

  • Neurological complications, antithrombotic therapy
  • Other complications (infectious aneurysm, acute renal failure, rheumatic complications, splenic abcess, myocarditis pericarditis

K. Outcome after discharge & long term prognosis

  • Recurrences, relapses and reinfections
  • Heart failure and need for valve surgery
  • Long term mortality

L. Specific situations

  • Prosthetic valve endocarditis
  • Infective endocarditis on pacemakers and implantable defibrillators
  • Right-sided infective endocarditis
  • Infective endocarditis in congenital heart failure
  • Infective endocarditis in the elderly
  • Infective endocarditis during pregnancy

Previous versions

2004    European Heart Journal 00: 1-37 Full Text
2004    European Heart Journal 25: 267-276, Executive Summary

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