Outcomes Following Medical or Surgical Management of Endocarditis
Infective endocarditis is a rare disease, and while there have been several large reviews of the incidence of endocarditis in the pediatric patient population, relatively little has been published regarding the short and medium-term outcomes following medical and surgical therapy for this disease. The goal is to compare the outcome for children treated for endocarditis with either medical management or surgery by looking at the success of these two treatment strategies. Another goal is to attempt to identify risk factors for medical management that might identify patients who would be better served by early surgery.
|Official Title:||A Review of Outcomes Following Medical or Surgical Management of Endocarditis|
|Study Start Date:||August 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2006|
After identification of qualified subjects, the families of surviving patients will be mailed a package containing a cover letter explaining the study, a consent form, an assent form if applicable, a questionnaire (designed to evaluate longer-term outcome measures including the occurrence of recurrent endocarditis, late surgical intervention or the need for re-operations) and a self addressed stamped envelope to be used to return the consents and the questionnaire. The data will then be entered into a database and analyzed.