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What is the progression for rheumatic fever?

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Dr. Jeffrey Webber
Cardiology 33 years experience
Variable: Depends. Hopefully minimal repercussions if treated early and if appropriate antibiotic therapy continued for many years. If inflammation ensues in a chronic fashion then gradual thickening and potentially leakiness of one or more of the heart valves may occur. Occasionally rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation can develop down the road.
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Strep throat: It is caused by group A beta-haemolytic streptococci.The disease affects joints, skin, heart and nervous system. The incidence is highest in school-aged children.Symptoms appear between one and five weeks after a sore throat, with an average of three weeks. Diagnosis is based on Jones Criteria. http://patient.info/doctor/rheumatic-fever-pro

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