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Old 08-15-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Question Endocarditis Questions

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with bacterial Endocarditis. She's pretty young (38) and before this was in pretty good health. She's not sure if she got infected during a molar extraction she recently had or some random bacteria. My questions are whether she will be able to go back to having a normal healthy life after this? She used to jog everyday & she has a young daughter. I'm so worried for her.
When she was diagnosed she was put into the hospital for IV antibiotics for about 2 wks. They sent her home & then she had a nurse that came out for 2 wks to help her with the IV. Now she's on oral antibiotics & I think she said she'd be on them up to 6 wks.
Has anyone had any experience with this infection? I'd never heard of it til she got it. By looking at her she doesn't look too bad. She looks tired & a bit pale but that's really all. How long will she have to deal with this & will she back to her old self when she's done? Will she die from this? What if she gets better, could this keep recurring since she's had it?
ANY info is greatly appreciated. THANX

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Old 08-18-2010, 10:33 PM   #2
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Re: Endocarditis Questions

Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear your friend had endocarditis. It sounds like she was able to be treated with antibiotics alone, which in itself is a very good sign. Endocarditis, can be caused by many different types of bacteria; however, the ones that predominate are the Viridans group Streptococcus (i.e. oral bacteria) and a guy named Staphylococcus aureus (whether MSSA or MRSA) which normally lives on the skin. The second bacteria I named tends to be more virulent and can cause so much damage to the valve that surgery is required.

That said, oftentimes the infection is relatively slowly progressive and when caught in time can be treated fully. Because she was caught early and her heart valve wasn't damaged, she will not die from this! She will eventually be able to live a normal life again...getting over the chronic fatigue may take a few months. Now that she's had endocarditis, she is at risk of getting it again, but even that is still pretty rare. If she gets any dental work or respiratory procedures, she'll require preventative antibiotics prior to the procedure, but otherwise, she should be fine.

Old 08-21-2010, 09:18 PM   #3
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Re: Endocarditis Questions

Thank you so much for answering & also for the great info. I feel better knowing she'll make it out ok. her daughter is friends with mine & they're both under 5 so I was ery worried. Thanx again!

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