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What causes chorea of rheumatic fever?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Chorea

Rheumatic fever is a form of auto-immune reaction of the body to substances contained in the strep which are similar to those in some of our tissues, and the body reacts against those areas, confusing them with the strep.
The central nervous system is not exempt from this and chorea is one manifestation of this type of involvement.

In brief: Chorea

Rheumatic fever is a form of auto-immune reaction of the body to substances contained in the strep which are similar to those in some of our tissues, and the body reacts against those areas, confusing them with the strep.
The central nervous system is not exempt from this and chorea is one manifestation of this type of involvement.
Dr. Martin Raff
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