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 +(1) An illness that occurs following a [[streptococcus]] [[infection]] (such as a "strep throat"​) or scarlet fever and predominantly affects children. Symptoms include fever, pain in the joints, nausea, stomach cramps, and vomiting. Rheumatic fever can cause long-lasting effects in the [[skin]], joints, [[heart]], and brain. ​
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 +Rheumatic fever may be followed by Sydenham'​s chorea and by symptoms characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder or a tic disorder. ​
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 +The diagnosis of rheumatic fever is made by history and observation. A [[blood]] marker has recently been found for rheumatic fever, but a test is not yet commercially available. ​
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 +Treatment is usually by prophylactic [[antibiotic]]s,​ as recurrence is common and can cause further damage to body [[tissue]]s.
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 +Common Misspellings:​ rheumatic feaver ​
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 +(2) An [[inflammatory]] illness that occurs as a delayed sequela of group A streptococcal infection
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 +Major criteria: carditis, polyarthritis,​ chorea, subcutaneous nodules, and erythema marginatum
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 +Minor criteria: a) previous rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease; b) arthralgia; c) fever; d) elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate, positive C-reactive [[protein]],​ or leukocytosis;​ and e) prolonged PR interval on an electrocardiogram
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