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Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Rheumatic disease
In a sense, yes. You get a strep pharyngitis infection that creates millions of antibodies to fight the infection.
Some of those antibodies can turn rogue and recognize a component of the heart valves as foreign, leading to an immunologic attack on the heart valves.

In brief: Rheumatic disease
In a sense, yes. You get a strep pharyngitis infection that creates millions of antibodies to fight the infection.
Some of those antibodies can turn rogue and recognize a component of the heart valves as foreign, leading to an immunologic attack on the heart valves.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Rheumatic heart disease generally follows untreated strep throat or rheumatic fever (which is also caused by streptococcus) because the body produces antibodies against the streptococcus bacteria that also react with proteins in the heart, causing rheumatic heart disease.

In brief: Yes
Rheumatic heart disease generally follows untreated strep throat or rheumatic fever (which is also caused by streptococcus) because the body produces antibodies against the streptococcus bacteria that also react with proteins in the heart, causing rheumatic heart disease.
Emily Lu
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