Port of Entry in Infective Endocarditis
Data regarding the port of microbial entry leading to infective endocarditis are scarce. In a study of 318 patients, the skin, oral or dental and the GI route were the three most common routes of entry accounting for 62%, 29%, and 23% of case, respectively. Intravenous drug use, dental infection colonic polys and colorectal adenocarcinoma were among common sources of infection in each category.
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