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 FeverVirtual M-Mode for Echocardiography: A New Approach for the Segmentation of the Anterior Mitral Leaflet. - Published by PubMed
Association of IL17 and IL23R gene polymorphisms with rheumatic heart disease in South Indian population. - Published by PubMed
Predictive performance of six mortality risk scores and the development of a novel model in a prospective cohort of patients undergoing valve surgery secondary to rheumatic fever. - Published by PubMed
Delayed Diagnosis of Acute Rheumatic Fever in a Patient with Multiple Emergency Department Visits. - Published by PubMed