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What is the physiology and pathophysiology of rheumatic fever?

What is the physiology and pathophysiology of rheumatic fever?

Rheumatic fever: Rheumatic fever is caused by a streptococcal infection triggering a specific immune response. Acutely various joint aches and pains occur accounting for the 'rheumatic' term. Long term the mitral and/or aortic valves are often involved with chronic inflammation and damaged. We see rf rarely in the us now, but sometimes in new immigrants. ...Read more

Dr. Christine Hom
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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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What treats rheumatic fever?

What treats rheumatic fever?

Penicillins/rest: rheumatic fever occurs after strep throat.it is treated with penicillin to eradicate the strep but it is considered an immune reaction after strep.So symptomatic treatment with rest and close follow up by your doctor including blood work is important ...Read more

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Can rheumatic fever be cured?

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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Can you die from rheumatic fever?

Can you die from rheumatic fever?

Yes: About 1.5% of persons with rheumatic carditis die of the disease annually. Cardiac involvement is the most serious complication of rheumatic fever and causes significant morbidity and mortality. About 60% of patients diagnosed with rheumatic fever annually will develop carditis. ...Read more

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Can I die from rheumatic fever if I ignore it?

Can I die from rheumatic fever if I ignore it?

Yes: Although uncommon to die directly from rheumatic fever itself, the damages it does to a variety of organ systems, particularly the heart can result in death. ...Read more

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What does rheumatic fever feel like? Is it just a fever?

What does rheumatic fever feel like?  Is it just a fever?

Not just a fever: Symptoms also may include: painful and tender joints — most often the ankles, knees, elbows or wrists; less often the shoulders, hips, hands and feet pain in one joint that migrates to another joint red, hot or swollen joints small, painless nodules beneath the skin chest pain sensation of rapid, fluttering or pounding heartbeats (palpitations) fatigue shortness of breath flat or slightly raised, . ...Read more

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

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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How did I get rheumatic fever and what is my outcome I don't really understand it?

How did I get rheumatic fever and what is my outcome I don't really understand it?

Group A strep: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory condition which uncommonly follows group a strep infections of the throat. It may affect joints, movement, skin and heart valves. The course is difficult to predict, but should be followed closely. Your doc needs to help you understand the treatment and plan. ...Read more

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What is acute rheumatic fever?

What is acute rheumatic fever?

Several problems.: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that occurs following a streptococcal infection, such as streptococcal pharyngitis or scarlet fever. Believed to be caused by antibody cross-reactivity that can involve the heart, joints, skin, and brain, [1] the illness typically develops two to three weeks after a strep infection. Acute rheumatic fever commonly appears in children between 6-15 yrs old. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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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