There are three main kinds of laboratory tests that are useful for the diagnosis and management of rheumatic fever: tests to detect a preceding streptococcal infection, tests to measure “systemic inflammation,” and tests to gauge the involvement of the heart. Additional studies may be useful to exclude other diseases which can mimic rheumatic fever; these are discussed under differential diagnosis.
KeywordsMitral Regurgitation Rheumatic Fever Streptococcal Infection Acute Rheumatic Fever Heart Involvement
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 3.American Heart Association (1984). Jones criteria (revised) for guidance in the diagnosis of rheumatic fever. Circulation, 69, 204AGoogle Scholar
- 4.World Health Organization (1986). Evaluation of the streptozyme test for streptococcal antibodies. Bull. WHO, 64, 504Google Scholar
- 5.Mirowski, M., Rosenstein, B.J. and Markowitz, M. (1964). A comparison of atrioventricular conduction in normal children and in patients with rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis, and acute febrile illnesses. A quantitative study with determination of the P–R index. Pediatrics, 33, 334PubMedGoogle Scholar