Rheumatic Fever: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 12/19/2019

Rheumatic fever is a disease that develops following a streptococcal throat infection (strep throat) in some people.

There are many different signs and symptoms associated with rheumatic fever, which affects the joints, skin, heart, and nervous system. Symptoms and signs can include

Some people develop small painless nodules beneath the skin.

Cause of rheumatic fever

The cause of rheumatic fever an autoimmune disease triggered by the strep infection. It is especially common in children ages 5-15, although older teens and adults may also develop the disease.

Other rheumatic fever symptoms and signs


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.