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Why does acute rheumatic fever target the mitral valve causing stenosis?
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Autoimmune
The immunologic response the strep infection causes antibodies and cellular responses.
But some of these same antibodies also react to certain heart tissue also causing heart damage. The immune response becomes autoimmune to the body tissues.

In brief: Autoimmune
The immunologic response the strep infection causes antibodies and cellular responses.
But some of these same antibodies also react to certain heart tissue also causing heart damage. The immune response becomes autoimmune to the body tissues.
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