[Infective endocarditis]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2022 Mar 21;184(12):V10210751.
[Article in Danish]


Infective endocarditis (IE) is one of the most severe infectious diseases with an in-hospital mortality of 20-25%. Several studies have shown, that the incidence of IE is increasing, and that patients now are older with a higher burden of comorbidities than previously. The diagnostic work-up is mainly based upon the presence of bacteraemia and echocardiography. The treatment is antibiotics and, in some cases, also cardiac surgery. In most cases, after clinical stabilization, it is safe to switch antibiotic treatment from intravenous to oral administration, as argued in this review.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacteremia* / drug therapy
  • Endocarditis* / diagnostic imaging
  • Endocarditis* / drug therapy
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial* / diagnostic imaging
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial* / drug therapy
  • Humans


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents