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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31822d320b
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Echocardiography in Pediatric Infective Endocarditis

Penk, Jamie S. MD*; Webb, Catherine L. MD*; Shulman, Stanford T. MD*; Anderson, Evan J. MD*,†

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Abstract

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.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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