Rheumatic Fever

  • Hans G. Fassbender


Rheumatic fever (RF) is a widespread inflammatory disease that occurs as a delayed sequel to pharyngeal infection caused by β-haemolytic streptococci of group A. The clinical manifestation is characterized by an acute painful polyarthritis of the large joints. But the illness can also attack the heart, blood vessels, serous membranes, and the nervous system.


Heart Valve Rheumatic Fever Rheumatic Heart Disease Acute Rheumatic Fever Connective Tissue Cell 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans G. Fassbender
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  1. 1.Zentrum für Rheuma-PathologieMainzGermany

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