How is Endocarditis Diagnosed?

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   Posted 11/5/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
A dear friend is in the hospital. She is very sick and has just been diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse on top of her many other ailments. It is possible that she has the MVP for some time, but it has just been diagnosed.
How is a mitral valve prolapse infection detected/diagnosed (I think this is called endocarditis?)?
Does anyone know if there is any connection between endocarditis and seizure or other neurological/brain problems.
Thanks for your help.

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   Posted 11/6/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there kandinsky.  I am sorry your friend is going through this.  I was going to type out an answer for you, but there is a lot of information when it comes to this, and I think it is best you just go to a useful website I found and search for yourself.  If I tried to type it out, it would be too much...

I hope you find this website useful in finding out what you want to know.

I also hope your friend gets all the help she needs.  I am sorry she is going through so much, but it seems like she has a great support system in you!


Wishing you the best!

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   Posted 11/14/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello, this is Kitt.

The two most common tests to confirm this diagnosis are blood tests and echocardiogram. Blood tests or cultures are used to detect the presence of bacteria, identify the bacteria and determine which antibiotics they are sensitive to. People with  mitral valve prolapse are more prone to endocarditis.

This is a very condensed explanation. I see Tammy posted a web site for you that looks very good.  Any further questions, please just post away.

Take care.


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