Laboratory diagnosis of infective endocarditis

Rachael M. Liesman, Bobbi S. Pritt, Joseph J. Maleszewski, Robin Patela

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Infective endocarditis is life-threatening; identification of the underlying etiology informs optimized individual patient management. Changing epidemiology, advances in blood culture techniques, and new diagnostics guide the application of laboratory testing for diagnosis of endocarditis. Blood cultures remain the standard test for microbial diagnosis, with directed serological testing (i.e., Q fever serology, Bartonella serology) in culture-negative cases. Histopathology and molecular diagnostics (e.g., 16S rRNA gene PCR/sequencing, Tropheryma whipplei PCR) may be applied to resected valves to aid in diagnosis. Herein, we summarize recent knowledge in this area and propose a microbiologic and pathological algorithm for endocarditis diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2599-2608
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Clinical microbiology
  • Endocarditis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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