Is there a place for corticosteroids in the therapy of infective endocarditis? Report of a case and review
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a lethal infection even in the era of antibiotic therapy
and cardiovascular surgery.1 The clinical course of IE varies from an uncomplicated
infection with minor valve damage to a fulminant life-threatening condition.1 Although
immunological phenomena are present in IE there is no clinical evidence on the
use of immunomodulatory therapies. Is immunomodulation beneficial or harmful
in IE? We present a case of a successful outcome of a patient with IE to whom
corticosteroids were given along with antimicrobial treatment.