• Abdominal computed tomographic scans were performed In 25 consecutive patients with bacterial endocarditis. Six patients had splenic infarcts, only two of whom had symptoms. Three of the six patients had no evidence of emboli to other organs. In patients with endocarditis who have had clinically apparent emboli or who are, for other reasons, being considered for valvular surgery, a computed tomographic scan of the abdomen may help in decision making.
(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:193-197)