The diagnosis of IE can be notoriously difficult : A Part from The Book Chapter : Management of Endocarditis Using Scintigraphy: An Overview

The diagnosis of IE can be notoriously difficult. The ESC added in their guidelines the need for an “endocarditis team” and suggested also the use of nuclear imaging. Positron emission tomography (PET) with 18-fluoro-desoxyglucose (18-FDG) as marker for increased metabolism can serve such as in inflammation, infection and malignancies. Another method is labeling of white blood cells (WBC)] with a radionuclide tracer which is considered as more specific for infection. The question to answered is in how far these guidelines had already an effect on management of IE.

Author(s) Details:

Wilhelm P. Mistiaen,
Department of Health and Social Care, Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp, Belgium and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

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