Neurologic complications of endocarditis

Shyam Prabhakaran*

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Infective and noninfective endocarditis are rare diseases that have strong predispositions for neurologic complications. Although cerebral embolism is the principal mechanism of neurologic injury in both diseases, they differ greatly in the types of clinical presentation, cardiac valvular and cerebral infarct characteristics, and medical and surgical treatment approaches. Therefore, the evaluation of patients with endocarditis warrants an understanding and appreciation for neurologic symptoms and signs, known risk factors, available neurodiagnostic tools, and potential treatment options. It is hoped that rapid recognition and appropriate early management may help reduce the significant neurologic morbidity and mortality associated with endocarditis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-73
Number of pages21
JournalCONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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