Echocardiography in pediatric infective endocarditis

Penk, J. S.; Webb, C. L.; Shulman, S. T.; Anderson, E. J.

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Aug 6; 30(12):1109-11


Transesophageal echocardiography is more sensitive than transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in detecting endocarditis in adults; however, pediatric data are limited. Retrospectively, 39 subjects with endocarditis were divided into adult-sized (>/=60 kg) and pediatric-sized (<60 kg). TTE was 97% sensitive in pediatric-sized subjects but 70% in adult-sized subjects (P < 0.05). TTE is usually sufficient for detection of endocarditis in children <60 kg.

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