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Rheumatic fever

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

About

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

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    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 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.

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    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
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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