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Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

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Dr. William Lages
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Yes it can

Strep throat is due to infection with streptococcus pyogenes.
It is easily treated with antibiotics, but if let untreated it can induce an immune reaction that can lead to Rheumatic Fever and Gloerulonephritis. It is easily diagnosed with a swab in minutes and treated with antibiotics so these diseases are rare now.

In brief: Yes it can

Strep throat is due to infection with streptococcus pyogenes.
It is easily treated with antibiotics, but if let untreated it can induce an immune reaction that can lead to Rheumatic Fever and Gloerulonephritis. It is easily diagnosed with a swab in minutes and treated with antibiotics so these diseases are rare now.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: It can

Rheumatic fever is a quirk in the immune system. Risk is often cited as occurring in 1/200 untreated strep A infections.
The immune system creates antibodies to the germ that also attack human tissues, primarily in the heart, brain or kidneys. It is uncommon in the US where access to medical care is relatively easy. It is a common cause of heart disease and death in the third world.

In brief: It can

Rheumatic fever is a quirk in the immune system. Risk is often cited as occurring in 1/200 untreated strep A infections.
The immune system creates antibodies to the germ that also attack human tissues, primarily in the heart, brain or kidneys. It is uncommon in the US where access to medical care is relatively easy. It is a common cause of heart disease and death in the third world.
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