acute bacterial endocarditis
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Related to acute bacterial endocarditis: subacute bacterial endocarditis, Acute Bacterial Meningitis
a·cute bac·te·ri·al en·do·car·di·tis
a type of severe bacterial endocarditis caused primarily by pyogenic organisms such as hemolytic streptococci or staphylococci.
Acute EndocarditisA term which is still widely used but now discouraged for fulminant endocarditis, which was presumed to be bacterial in origin, typically Staphylococcus aureus, and led to systemic infection within days to weeks. Given the uncertainties of the cause, short incubation endocarditis (< 6 weeks) and long incubation endocarditis (> 6 weeks) are preferred.
acute bacterial endocarditisAbbreviation: ABE
Infective endocarditis with a rapid onset, usually a few days to 2 weeks. The infection is typically caused by virulent organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus, which may rapidly invade and destroy heart valvular tissue and also metastasize to other organs or tissues.See: ulcerative endocarditis
See also: endocarditis