Antibiotic Prophylaxis for the Prevention of Endocarditis in Dermatologic Surgery: Sources of Controversy and Directions for Future Reserach

March 2003 | Volume 2 | Issue 2 | Original Article | 127 | Copyright © March 2003

David J. Goldberg, MD and Chrys Delling Schmults, MD

Abstract
Whether and when to use prophylaxis for the prevention of endocarditis has been a subject of debate among dermatologic surgeons for over 20 years. The available literature and current recommendations are reviewed. Areas of controversy are examined and proposals for future research are made.