Rheumatic fever

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Rheumatic fever

Post by bionewbie » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:06 am

Why is rheumatic fever considered a poststreptococcal disease?
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Post by cardiorrhexis » Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:32 am

Because it occurs after having an untreated group A strep. infection.

(post = after)

This is why all strep cases are treated with antibiotics...to prevent Rheumatic Fever. Our immune system should be able to fight off the bacteria, but there is a very small percentage that ends up with Rheumatic Fever.... That whole "Better to be Safe than Sorry" philosophy.

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