You will be admitted to the hospital so you can receive medicines through a vein. Long-term, high-dose antibiotic or antifungal treatment is needed. Treatment is usually given for 4 – 6 weeks.
Surgery may be needed to replace damaged heart valves.
Heart valves may be damaged if diagnosis and treatment are delayed.
- Abnormal connections within the heart
- Blood clots that travel to brain, kidneys, lungs, or abdomen
- Brain abscess
- Congestive heart failure
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats, including atrial fibrillation
- Severe valve damage
Review Date : 4/25/2008
Reviewed By : Mark Levin, MD, Division of Infectious Disease, MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.