A 53-year-old member asked:
Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Emily Luanswered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
6.3k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Rheumatic disease: In a sense, yes. You get a strep pharyngitis infection that creates millions of antibodies to fight the infection. Some of those antibodies can turn rogue and recognize a component of the heart valves as foreign, leading to an immunologic attack on the heart valves.
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Last updated Dec 28, 2016
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