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Whats the exact difference between acute and subacute endocarditis besides the organisms that causes them? Is it time?

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Acute Infective Endocarditis
1- s.aureus most common cause
2- previous normal valve
3- large bulky vegetation
4- IV drug user major RF
5- rapid onset of fever or sepsis
associated with splenomegaly & emoblic events

Subacute Infective Endocarditis
1- strept viridans (most common cause )
2- previous abnormal valve
3- small vegetation
4- RF (vsd -(stenosis- prosthetic- bicuspid - destruction ) of valve
5- slow onset of symptoms

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Agree with miss patho.

Just to add small notes that subacute bacterial endocarditis (Streptococcus viridans) has a better prognosis than acute one (Staphylococcus aureus).
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