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Orthodontic Procedures and Rheumatic Heart Disease
- Antibiotic prophylaxis is used to prevent an infection inside the heart (called Infective Endocarditis) of susceptible patients. As an example, even a minor infection, such as a tooth abscess can cause severe bacterial endocarditis. However, recent recommendations for prophylactic antibiotic therapy before a procedure in patients with heart valve and other cardiac diseases have changed and now include:
- Infective Endocarditis is more likely to result from exposure to random bacterial infections associated with daily activities than caused by dental, GI tract, or GU (kidney, bladder), or orthopedic procedures.
- Antibiotic prophylaxis is no longer indicated in many cardiac patients for prevention of Infective Endocarditis.
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