Publications in: “00/02/2019”

Change from intravenous to oral antibiotics is possible, even in cases of endocarditis or bone and joint infections

A study from Denmark by Iversen and colleagues that included 400 patients with left side endocarditis compared two groups. Their sample was composed by randomized patients who used the usual regimen of intravenous antibiotics for longer periods versus those who changed intravenous antibiotics to oral antibiotics after 10 days.(1) There was no inferiority and curiously side effects of the antibiotics were the same in both groups. Ho-Kwong and his team studied a larger group including 1,554 patients who were also […]

Acute infection and myocardial infarction

The risk of myocardial infarction after infection is well known, and for inpatients with pneumococcal pneumonia, it is 7 to 8%. This risk is higher at the onset of infection, is proportional to severity of pneumonia, and persists for at least 5 weeks. The risk declines slowly after this period but persists for several years. The explanation for this fact is complex.  Some individuals may suffer from type 2 infarction, when there are atherosclerosis and plaques in coronary arteries, but […]