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I had rheumatic fever, what is the likelihood of contracting endocarditis?

I had rheumatic fever, what is the likelihood of contracting endocarditis?

It depends: Becsb, i would recommend you get an echocardiogram (ultrasound) of your heart to assess the valves. If the valves are normal, your risk for endocarditis is minimal and you would not require antibiotics prior to procedures. The acc guidelines recently changed for antibiotic prophylaxis to: anyone with complex congenital heart disease, prior endocarditis, or mechanical heart valves. ...Read more

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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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Why does subacute bacterial endocarditis may give embolic manifestation but not in acute rheumatic fever?

Why does  subacute bacterial endocarditis may give embolic manifestation but not in acute rheumatic fever?

Debris breaks off : Rheumatic fever is a misguided attack on your heart by your own immune system. Rheumatic fever creates damage that can cause susceptiblity to endocarditis. In bacterial endocarditis, colonies of bacteria develop on a heart valve or other intravascular structure. Clumps of bacteria, infection fighting cells or other debris can break off and travel through the body. ...Read more

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How commun is rheumatic Fever from untreated strep throat? Also, is it still possible to contract strep throat after having the tonsils removed?

How commun is rheumatic Fever from untreated strep throat? Also, is it still possible to contract strep throat after having the tonsils removed?

Rare and yes: Rheumatic fever is very rare these days. The reasons for its lower frequency than in past years are not completely known. Accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment of group A streptococcal infections are only part of the explanation. Strep throat certainly can occur after tonsillectomy. ...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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Are the symptoms of rheumatic fever bad?

Are the symptoms of rheumatic fever bad?

They could be: Particularly the ones related to joint swelling and inflammation. It is not unusual for the "arthritic" symptoms to be severe enough to prevent you form bearing weight and even walking. Other symptoms occurring several months later on (chorea) may also be debilitating by producing uncontrolled involuntary movements. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rheumatic fever?

What is the definition or description of: rheumatic fever?

Inflammatory disease: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that may develop after an infection with group a streptococcus bacteria (such as strep throat or scarlet fever). It is common to have the heart and joints involved. Usually starts to present itself 3 weeks after strep throat, there are complaints of arthritic type pain of the major joints, hence the name "rheumatic". It is controlled by antibiotics. ...Read more

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Does anyone know the number of people who are getting rheumatic fever in the u.S. Each year?

Does anyone know the number of people who are getting rheumatic fever in the u.S. Each year?

Several thousand: The cdc estimate for rheumatic fever in the us now is somewhere between 2-11 cases per 100, 000 people. In under developed countries, where basic health care is not available to most people, the rates of acute rheumatic fever are much higher. ...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

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Is there evidence or relation between toothach and rheumatic fever ?

Is there evidence or relation between toothach and rheumatic fever ?

Need antibiotics?: Rheumatic fever can damage heart valves, causing a murmur. Some types of murmurs require antibiotics prior to dental treatment. Your physician can tell you if you need antibiotics prior to dental care. ...Read more

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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