Rheumatic fever


If your child is experiencing rheumatic fever our rheumatology and cardiology experts can help to treat you

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About rheumatic fever

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory bacterial disease, mainly contracted by children between five and fourteen years old. It can develop from complications relating to untreated scarlet fever or strep throat. The heart, skin and joints can be affected. Your child's consultant can help control the condition with the different treatments we offer.

Need to know

Your child's consultant can diagnose rheumatic fever from the "Jones Criteria", a checklist of major and minor symptoms. If at least one major or two minor symptoms are identified a diagnosis of the condition might be made.

Major symptoms

- arthritis
- carditis (heart inflammation).
- skin rash
- Sydenham's chorea (nerve inflammation)

Minor symptoms

- joint pain
- high temperature
- irregular heart rhythm
- blood tests showing body inflammation

Your child's consultant will discuss their symptoms with you. The following tests can be carried out to determine if they have rheumatic fever:

  • an electrocardiogram (ECG) uses sensors (electrodes) to assess heartbeat regularity
  • blood tests to identify inflammation or any antibodies associated with the condition
  • an echocardiogram to see if the heart muscle or valves are affected

Your child's consultant will discuss treatment options with you. These may include:

  • anti-inflammatory medication to ease joint pain and/or heart inflammation
  • antibiotics to help eliminate any remaining streptococcus bacteria (throat infection)
  • bed rest

Our Rheumatic fever locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Lupus and Rheumatology Centre

London Lupus and Rheumatology Centre

1st Floor, St. Olaf House SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.