Endocarditis

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Endocarditis Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    endocarditis n : inflammation of the endocardium and heart valves
Endocarditis Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Endocarditis \En`do*car*di"tis\, n. [NL. See -itis.] (Med.) Inflammation of the endocardium.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Endocarditis'


Endocarditis is an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, the endocardium. It usually involves the heart valves (native or prosthetic valves). Other structures which may be involved include the interventricular septum, the chordae tendineae, the mural endocardium, or even on intracardiac devices. Endocarditis is characterized by a prototypic lesion, the vegetation, which is a mass of platelets, fibrin, microcolonies of microorganisms, and scant inflammatory cells.

There are multiple ways to classify endocarditis. The simplest classification is based on etiology: either infective or non-infective, depending on whether a microorganism is the source of the inflammation. Regardless, diagnosis of endocarditis is based on the clinical features, investigations such as echocardiogram, as well as any blood cultures demonstrating the presence of endocarditis-causing microorganisms.

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  • We searched PubMed and Embase for articles published from Jan 1, 1971, to Jan 31, 2014, with the term “holmesii”. We ...
    Bordetella holmesii , first described in 1995, is believed to cause both invasive infections (bacteraemia, meningitis, endocarditis, pericarditis, pneumonia, and arthritis) and pertussis-like symptoms. Read more on this news related to 'Endocarditis'

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