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Prevention of recurrent attacks

  • Angelo Taranta
  • Milton Markowitz

Abstract

Prophylaxis of recurrences is the finest achievement of medicine in rheumatic fever. It is markedly effective and, in fact, it practically eliminates recurrences if injectable benzathine penicillin G is used. However, a great deal of patience, perseverance, and persuasiveness are required on the part of the health personnel involved. The success of secondary prophylaxis is way out of proportion to the numerical reduction of rheumatic fever attacks, because recurrences cause a disproportionate number of deaths and disabilities. Actually, the change in morbidity and mortality of the disease in the Western world is largely due to the reduction of recurrences.

Keywords

Infective Endocarditis Rheumatic Fever Rheumatic Heart Disease Streptococcal Infection Acute Rheumatic Fever 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelo Taranta
    • 1
    • 2
  • Milton Markowitz
    • 3
  1. 1.New York Medical CollegeNew York CityUSA
  2. 2.Cabrini Medical CenterNew York CityUSA
  3. 3.University of Connecticut School of MedicineFarmingtonUSA

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