Rheumatic fever

Key Information

Appropriate Tests

Post-streptococcal infection (Streptococcus pyogenes)

Clinical diagnosis based on major and minor criteria; the latter include Anti-deoxyribonuclease B Ab and Antistreptolysin O titre.

Throat swab is of limited value.

C-Reactive protein or Erythrocyte sedimentation rate may assist in monitoring.

Also ECG & echocardiograhy.

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