Rheumatic Fever

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Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that develops from strep throat or scarlet fever, both caused by streptococcus bacteria. Rheumatic fever is common in children five to fifteen years old in underdeveloped countries. Symptoms of rheumatic fever vary from person to person and include fever, joint pain, chest pain, fatigue, rash, uncontrollable body movements, heart murmur, and small nodules under the skin. Be sure to see a doctor if your child exhibits these symptoms or symptoms of strep throat or scarlet fever. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication, anticonvulsent medication, or any combination of the three may be used to treat rheumatic fever and get rid of the streptococcus bacteria.

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The terms "Rheumatic Fever" returned 224 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Susceptibility to acute rheumatic fever based on differential expression of genes involved in cytotoxicity, chemotaxis, and apoptosis.
 

Author(s): Penelope A Bryant, Gordon K Smyth, Travis Gooding, Alicia Oshlack, Zinta Harrington, Bart Currie, Jonathan R Carapetis, Roy Robins-Browne, Nigel Curtis

Journal: Infect. Immun.. 2014 Feb;82(2):753-61.

 

It is unknown why only some individuals are susceptible to acute rheumatic fever (ARF). We investigated whether there are differences in the immune response, detectable by gene expression, between individuals who are susceptible to ARF and those who are not. Peripheral blood mononuclear ...

Last Updated: 30 Jan 2014

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Improvement in rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease management and prevention using a health centre-based continuous quality improvement approach.
 

Author(s): Anna P Ralph, Marea Fittock, Rosalie Schultz, Dale Thompson, Michelle Dowden, Tom Clemens, Matthew G Parnaby, Michele Clark, Malcolm I McDonald, Keith N Edwards, Jonathan R Carapetis, Ross S Bailie

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Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains a major health concern for Aboriginal Australians. A key component of RHD control is prevention of recurrent acute rheumatic fever (ARF) using long-term secondary prophylaxis with intramuscular benzathine penicillin (BPG). This is the most important ...

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2013

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Doppler echocardiography imaging in detecting multi-valvular lesions: a clinical evaluation in children with acute rheumatic fever.
 

Author(s): Pushpa Shivaram, Molla Imaduddin Ahmed, Pramod Theetha Kariyanna, Harika Sabbineni, Uma Mahesh R Avula

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Doppler echocardiography has been demonstrated to be accurate in diagnosing valvular lesions in rheumatic heart disease (RHD) when compared to clinical evaluation alone.

Last Updated: 26 Sep 2013

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The terms "Rheumatic Fever" returned 24 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Rheumatic fever & rheumatic heart disease: the last 50 years.
 

Author(s): R Krishna Kumar, R Tandon

Journal: Indian J. Med. Res.. 2013 Apr;137(4):643-58.

 

Rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) continue to be a major health hazard in most developing countries as well as sporadically in developed economies. Despite reservations about the utility, echocardiographic and Doppler (E&D) studies have identified a massive burden ...

Last Updated: 24 May 2013

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Adams-Stokes attack as the first symptom of acute rheumatic fever: report of an adolescent case and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Nicola Carano, Ilaria Bo, Bertrand Tchana, Erica Vecchione, Silvia Fantoni, Aldo Agnetti

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Acquired complete heart block, in pediatric age is mainly the results of direct injury to conduction tissue during cardiac surgery or cardiac catheterisation. It can also be observed in different clinical settings as infectious diseases, neoplasia, and inflammatory diseases. It has ...

Last Updated: 13 Dec 2012

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Streptococcus and rheumatic fever.
 

Author(s): Madeleine W Cunningham

Journal: Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2012 Jul;24(4):408-16.

 

To give an overview of the current hypotheses of the pathogenesis of rheumatic fever and group A streptococcal autoimmune sequelae of the heart valve and brain.

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2012

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Does Etanercept Influence Tweak Modulation of Inflammation During Inflammatory Rheumatisms (Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis)?
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Inflammatory Rheumatism; Psoriatic Arthritis; Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2014

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The Genetic Basis of Acquired Heart Disease in Africa
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatic Heart Disease; Rheumatic Fever; Endomyocardial Fibrosis; Acquired Heart Disease

 

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2014

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Last Updated: 30 Sep 2013

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