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Rheumatic Fever

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Synonyms of Rheumatic Fever

  • Acute Rheumatic Fever
  • Inflammatory Rheumatism
  • Rheumatic Arthritis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that is rare in the United States but common in some other parts of the world. It primarily affects children between the ages of 6 and 16, and develops after an infection with streptococcal bacteria, such as strep throat or scarlet fever. About 5% of those with untreated strep infection will develop rheumatic fever.

Rheumatic fever may affect the heart, joints, nervous system and/or skin. In more than half of all cases, it leads to serious inflammatory disease of the valves of the heart. Joint disease is the second most common consequence of rheumatic fever.

Organizations related to Rheumatic Fever

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