Rheumatic fever

Last updated: Saturday, 14, August, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests

Post-streptococcal infection (Streptococcus pyogenes

Clinical diagnosis based on major and minor criteria; the latter include - anti-deoxyribonuclease B antibodies and anti-streptolysin O titre.

Throat swab is of limited value.

CRP or ESR may assist in monitoring.