Complications of Rheumatic fever


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About complications: Complications of Rheumatic fever are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Rheumatic fever. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Rheumatic fever and complications of Rheumatic fever is unclear or arbitrary.

Complications list for Rheumatic fever: The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Rheumatic fever includes:

Complications of Rheumatic fever: Sydenham chorea, also called St. Vitus dance, is a childhood movement disorder characterized by rapid, irregular, aimless, involuntary movements of the muscles of the limbs, face, and trunk. The disorder, which is considered a manifestation of rheumatic fever (streptococcal infection), typically has an onset between the ages of 5 and 15. 1

Rheumatic fever is a leading cause of acquired heart disease in young people worldwide.2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Sydenham Chorea Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease: DBMD

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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