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Can rheumatic fever be cured?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
The cure depends upon the complication.
For example, post stretococcal glomerulonephritis, a kidney problem is self limited. Heart damage to a valve is permanent. Check with your doctor for the other.

In brief: Depends
The cure depends upon the complication.
For example, post stretococcal glomerulonephritis, a kidney problem is self limited. Heart damage to a valve is permanent. Check with your doctor for the other.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Mohammed Numan
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Self limiting
Rheumatic fever has several manifestations and can variable in severity.
It is an autoimmune reaction for specific bacteria in the throat. Prevention is very possible and recommended for patients who had previous attack of rheumatic fever. If a subject contracted this condition usually responds well to anti-inflamma but some cases the sequale can be lifelong (mitral valve or aortic valve damage).

In brief: Self limiting
Rheumatic fever has several manifestations and can variable in severity.
It is an autoimmune reaction for specific bacteria in the throat. Prevention is very possible and recommended for patients who had previous attack of rheumatic fever. If a subject contracted this condition usually responds well to anti-inflamma but some cases the sequale can be lifelong (mitral valve or aortic valve damage).
Dr. Mohammed Numan
Dr. Mohammed Numan
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Dr. Martin Raff
Great response. I was considering the complications and the risks for recurrence as part of the disease, but Dr. Numan's answer was more specific and detailed, and I agree.
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: No
You treat the strep infection which caused it; you give ant-iinflammatory agents (aspirin, steroids, etc.
), and you then give symptomatic treatment to control the complications (such as congestive heart failure, etc.). All these may modulate the disease, but not necessarily cure it.

In brief: No
You treat the strep infection which caused it; you give ant-iinflammatory agents (aspirin, steroids, etc.
), and you then give symptomatic treatment to control the complications (such as congestive heart failure, etc.). All these may modulate the disease, but not necessarily cure it.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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