Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2000; 2(3):19-31
Recent approaches to management of infective endocarditis including recognition, empirical treatment, and etiological therapy depending on causative agent (streptococci, staphylococci, gram-negative bacteria, fungi and unknown etiology) are given in the article. Risk factors, diagnostic criteria and options for prophylaxis are described. Possible complications requiring additional therapy are discussed. Clinical and microbiological criteria for evaluation of efficacy of treatment are proposed.