Rheumatic fever: New ideas in diagnosis and management

  • John Lawrenson Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Stellenbosch Paediatric Cardiology Service of the Western Cape, Tygerberg and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals, Cape Town


Rheumatic heart disease remains a major cause of disability and death in developing countries. Careful re-analysis of mid-20th century data as well as the juxtaposition of well-funded research units and populations at risk have generated information that resulted in radical departures from standard approaches to the prevention, clinical recognition and treatment of acute rheumatic fever. As a result, rheumatic heart disease may be eliminated in the future.