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Endocarditis and osteoporosis diagnosis

1. Why is knowing the patient is at risk for bacterial endocarditis important to the emergency room workers?

2. Although a bone density scan is the test that verifies a diagnosis of osteoporosis, what results from the other tests (chemistry profile, thyroid studies, urinalysis, and CBC) would contribute to the diagnosis?

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1. Why is knowing the patient is at risk for bacterial endocarditis important to the emergency room workers?
Bacterial endocarditis is an infection of the heart valves or the heart's inner lining. Bacterial endocarditis occurs when germs (especially bacteria but can be other microbes) enter the blood stream and attack the lining of the heart or the heart valves. It's important for ER workers to know this because patients at risk for BE should be given antibiotics as a preventive measure before any of the following types of ...

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