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Table 1 Clinical characteristics for all included patients

From: Development and evaluation of a novel fast broad-range 16S ribosomal DNA PCR and sequencing assay for diagnosis of bacterial infective endocarditis: multi-year experience in a large Canadian healthcare zone and a literature review

Demographics Male (%) 52 (76.5 %)
Age (years) 53.0 +/− 14.4
Medical history Prosthetic valve 23 (33.8 %)
Previous endocarditis 4 (6.0 %)
Intravenous drug user 3 (4.4 %)
Laboratory data White Blood Cell count (×109/L) 13.8 +/− 6.4
Peak ESR (mm/h) 58.5 +/− 31.7
Peak CRP (mg/L) 118 +/− 94
Transthoracic Echo Performed 53 (77.9 %)
Trans-esophageal Echo Performed 63 (92.6 %)
Culture data Mean sets of Blood Cultures 3.7 +/− 2.8
Any positive blood culture 45 (66.2 %)
Percentage of positive blood cultures 32.1 %
Mean time from last positive blood culture until surgery (days) 15.4 +/− 24.7
  1. Proportions are reported as number (percentage). Continuous variables are reported as number +/− standard deviation. CRP C-reactive protein, ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate, L litre, mg/L milligram per litre, mm/h millimeters per hour