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What complications could result if pregnancy after having rheumatic fever?

What complications could result if pregnancy after having rheumatic fever?

Rheumatic fever: Rheumatic fever itself is not a problem prior to pregnancy unless you develop rheumatic heart disease. Rheumatic heart disease is the most severe sequela of acute rheumatic fever. It usually occurs 10 to 20 years after the original illness . It can affect the heart valves most commonly causing mitral stenosis. Mitral stenosis can complicate a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic fever transferable from mother to child in pregnancy?

Is rheumatic fever transferable from mother to child in pregnancy?

No: The disease rheumatic fever is a result of an untreated strep throat. It is not contagious or spread from person to person. The strep infection, however, can be spread. ...Read more

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Is it safe to a pregnant person if you have rheumatic fever (heart)?

Is it safe to a pregnant person if you have rheumatic fever (heart)?

See details: your question is somewhat confusing but if you have rheumatic heart disease you should have a cardiology evaluation Before attempting pregnancy. You need to know the severity of the involvement. ...Read more

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I have acute rheumatic fever with brain involvement. I am taking monthly penicillin injections and I am also pregnant. Will any of this effect my baby?

I have acute rheumatic fever with brain involvement. I am taking monthly penicillin injections and I am also pregnant. Will any of this effect my baby?

ARF and pregnancy: Unlikely to have a direct effect on your baby unless you have developed severe valvular abnormalities in association with the pancarditis that occurs in this condition and then the cardiac issues may complicate the pregnancy. I assume that you have chorea as one manifestation of this condition. Good luck and get better soon and have a great baby. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get rheumatic fever?

Do a lot of people get rheumatic fever?

Not anymore: Since the development of antibiotics (penicillin in particular) especially in developed countries with adequate access to medical care the number of patients that develop rheumatic fever has decreased dramatically as streptococcal throat infections are better diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Can rheumatic fever be cured?

Depends: The cure depends upon the complication. For example, post stretococcal glomerulonephritis, a kidney problem is self limited. Heart damage to a valve is permanent. Check with your doctor for the other. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic fever still occuring this century, in the u.S.?

YES: But infrequently. Strep throat is the predisposing factor, but since this has been treated aggressively by most doctors, we rarely see acute rheumatic fever. Last case i remember was 13 years ago. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting rheumatic fever?

Are some people more prone to getting rheumatic fever?

Yes: Rheumatic fever is usually the result of an untreated throat infection with a streptococcus bacteria but in a patient with an underlying predisposition for the disease. Also, if you have already had the disease, you are more prone to having a recurrence. ...Read more

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What is rheumatic fever from?

Strep infection: Rheumatic fever is a condition that can occur following a streptococcus pyrogens infection, such as strep throat or scarlet fever. It's typically a disease of children, though it's now far less common than it used to be. ...Read more

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Rheumatic Fever (Definition)

When the body produces antibodies to the streptococcus organism, the antibodies can affect the heart and kidneys; this inflammatory reaction is called an autoimmune reaction. The period of active inflammation of the heart ...Read more


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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more