June 12, 2012

Most Don’t Need Antibiotics Before Dental Work


Recommendations restricting the use of antibiotic prophylaxis before invasive dental procedures to only a handful of patient groups did not appear to increase rates of infective endocarditis caused by viridans group streptococci, researchers found. Among 22 patients diagnosed with the infection over a 12-year period in Olmsted County, Minn., only three received the diagnosis after the restrictions were issued, according to Daniel DeSimone, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.


MedPage Today by Todd Neale

Tags: antibiotics, Dr. Daniel DeSimone, endocarditis, Infectious Diseases, invasive dental procedures, Mayo Clinic Rochester, MedPage Today, Research

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