UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: endocarditis and neurological symptoms

Keywords: infective endocardtiis, neurological, deficits (PubMed Search)

Posted: 1/16/2011 by Amal Mattu, MD
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Up to 30-40% of patients with infective endocarditis have neurological symptoms as a result of embolization. This is a good reminder of the frequency of embolization, and also that infective endocarditis should always be part of the differential when you are evaluating a patient with fever + neurological abnormalities.


Limkakeng AT Jr., Stahmer SA. Cardiovascular II. In Harrigan RA, Ufberg JW, Tripp ML (eds). Emergency Medicine Review: Preparing for the Boards. Elsevier, St. Louis 2010.