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How does rheumatic fever damage mitral valve?

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Dr. Omega Edwards, m.d.
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Collateral Damage

Our immune system turns on its defenses after exposure to group a strep (strep throat for example).
The bacteria is targeted and eliminated. Sometimes the immune system erroneously targets the mitral valve, heart muscle, kidneys and joints. Hence, in trying to eliminate strep collateral damage occurs.

In brief: Collateral Damage

Our immune system turns on its defenses after exposure to group a strep (strep throat for example).
The bacteria is targeted and eliminated. Sometimes the immune system erroneously targets the mitral valve, heart muscle, kidneys and joints. Hence, in trying to eliminate strep collateral damage occurs.
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