There are as yet few clinical reports of successful treatment of bacterial endocarditis with oral antibiotics, or of the use of the rifamycins in non-tuberculous infections. A case of refractory staphylococcal endocarditis successfully treated with oral rifampicin and erythromycin is presented. The availability of effective oral antibiotic therapy avoids the serious difficulties of long term parenteral antibiotics and offers a hopeful alternative to emergency cardiac surgery in this condition.
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