Children in the age group of 5 to 15 years are easy prey to this disease. The disease develops usually within 1 to 5 weeks after throat infection.
The symptoms of rheumatic fever result from inflammation in the heart, joints, skin or central nervous system; and may include abdominal pain, fever, joint pain, skin nodules and rash.
The diagnosis of rheumatic fever is based on physical examination (auscultation of the heart; and skin and joint examination) and laboratory tests (ASO test, hemogram, ESR and ECG).
Treatment with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications helps reduce tissue damage from inflammation, lessen pain and other symptoms, and prevents the recurrence of rheumatic fever.
Rheumatic fever is associated with the development of heart valve disease and other heart disorders. This illness can affect the normal lifestyle of the patient. The complication of the disease can be very grave.
Latest Publications and Research on Rheumatic Fever18F-FDG PET/CT Findings Preceded Elevation of Serum Proteinase 3 Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies in Wegener Granulomatosis. - Published by PubMed
Confirmed penicillin allergy among patients receiving benzathine penicillin prophylaxis for acute rheumatic fever. - Published by PubMed
[Anti-Basal Ganglia antibody]. - Published by PubMed
Rheumatic Fever and Post-Group A Streptococcal Arthritis in Children. - Published by PubMed
Position statement of the World Heart Federation on the prevention and control of rheumatic heart disease. - Published by PubMed