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Rheumatic Fever


Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever
  • Inflammatory Rheumatism
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Treatment

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How might rheumatic fever be treated?

Treatment of rheumatic fever usually consists of antibiotics to treat the underlying group A Streptococcus bacterial infection and anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or corticosteroids. Because people with a history of rheumatic fever have a high risk of developing recurrent episodes of the condition, low dose antibiotics are often continued over a long period of time to prevent recurrence.[1][2][3][4]
Last updated: 1/12/2015

References
  1. Rheumatic Fever. NORD. April 2009; http://rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/469/viewAbstract.
  2. Mark R Wallace, MD, FACP, FIDSA. Rheumatic Fever. Medscape Reference. March 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/236582-overview.
  3. Rheumatic fever. MedlinePlus. May 2012; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003940.htm.
  4. Allan Gibofsky, MD, JD, FACP, FCLM; John B Zabriskie, MD. Treatment and prevention of acute rheumatic fever. UpToDate. October 2013; Accessed 1/11/2015.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever
  • Inflammatory Rheumatism
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.