Definitions for rheumatic fever
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an acute complication of certain streptococcal infections, usu. affecting children, characterized by fever, arthritis, chorea, and heart disturbances.
Origin of rheumatic fever:
a severe disease chiefly of children and characterized by painful inflammation of the joints and frequently damage to the heart valves
an inflammation of the joints and the heart following a respiratory infection with streptococcus
Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that occurs following a Streptococcus pyogenes infection, such as streptococcal pharyngitis or scarlet fever. Believed to be caused by antibody cross-reactivity that can involve the heart, joints, skin, and brain, the illness typically develops two to three weeks after a streptococcal infection. Acute rheumatic fever commonly appears in children between the ages of 6 and 15, with only 20% of first-time attacks occurring in adults. The illness is so named because of its similarity in presentation to rheumatism.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A febrile disease occurring as a delayed sequela of infections with STREPTOCOCCUS PYOGENES. It is characterized by multiple focal inflammatory lesions of the connective tissue structures, such as the heart, blood vessels, and joints (POLYARTHRITIS) and brain, and by the presence of ASCHOFF BODIES in the myocardium and skin.
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