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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230706/first-presentation-acute-rheumatic-fever-is-preventable-in-a-community-setting-a-school-based-intervention
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Diana Lennon, Philippa Anderson, Melissa Kerdemelidis, Elizabeth Farrell, Suzanne Crengle Mahi, Teuila Percival, David Jansen, Joanna Stewart
BACKGROUND: Robust evidence is lacking for community initiatives to prevent first presentation acute rheumatic fever (ARF) by group A streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis treatment. METHODS: We measured the effect of introducing a sore throat clinic program on first presentation ARF into 61 year 1-8 schools with students aged 5-13years (population ~ 25,000) in Auckland, New Zealand. The study period was 2010-2016. A generalized linear mixed model investigated ARF rate changes before and after the staggered introduction of school clinics...
February 22, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229615/bacteremia-with-raoultella-planticola-in-the-setting-of-acute-pancreatitis-complicated-with-acute-cholangitis
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Esther Merino Rodríguez, Susana Rebolledo Olmedo, Joaquín Miquel Plaza
The bacterium Raoultella planticola (R planticola) is a rare pathogen in humans. We report a case of mild acute pancreatitis (MAP) of biliary origin with cholangitis and bacteremia with R planticola in association with pancreatic panniculitis (PP). A 55-year-old woman with rheumatic multiple valvulopathy presented with epigastric pain radiating to the back in a belt-like fashion for 48 hours, jaundice, choluria, acholia, and fever (38.2oC). Lab tests showed: amylase 2126 U/L, ALT 124 U/L, AST 169 U/L, GGT 3548 U/L, AP 1516 U/L, TBil 12...
February 23, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163427/rheumatic-heart-disease-screening-current-concepts-and-challenges
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Scott Dougherty, Maziar Khorsandi, Philip Herbst
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a disease of poverty, is almost entirely preventable, and is the most common cardiovascular disease worldwide in those under 25 years. RHD is caused by acute rheumatic fever (ARF) which typically results in cumulative valvular lesions that may present clinically after a number of years of subclinical disease. Therapeutic interventions, therefore, typically focus on preventing subsequent ARF episodes (with penicillin prophylaxis). However, not all patients with ARF develop symptoms and not all symptomatic cases present to a physician or are correctly diagnosed...
January 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162051/henoch-schonlein-purpura-post-streptococcal-glomerulonephritis-and-acute-rheumatic-carditis-after-group-a-%C3%AE-haemolytic-streptococcal-infection
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Seçil Arslansoyu Çamlar, Alper Soylu, İpek Akil, Mehtat Ünlü, Şenol Coşkun, Pelin Ertan, Salih Kavukçu
Besides association with acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and acute glomerulonephritis (APSGN), in up to 40% of cases, Group A β-haemolytic streptococcal (GABHS) infections are also implicated as a trigger for Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP). A 7-year-old girl with GABHS throat infection who developed HSP, APSGN and rheumatic carditis is reported. She presented with palpable purpura and arthritis in both ankles and later developed carditis characterised by mitral/aortic regurgitation and glomerulonephritis characterised by mixed nephritic/nephrotic syndrome...
February 6, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121967/acute-rheumatic-fever-following-group-a-streptococcus-pyoderma-and-group-g-streptococcus-pharyngitis
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Lance O'Sullivan, Nicole J Moreland, Rachel H Webb, Arlo Upton, Nigel J Wilson
A case of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) in an Indigenous Maori child in New Zealand following Group A Streptococcus (GAS) pyoderma and Group G Streptococcus pharyngitis is reported. The case demonstrates that ARF can develop in the absence of GAS pharyngitis and highlights a need for further research into the role of pyoderma and non-Group A Streptococci infections in ARF pathogenesis.
January 24, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102656/acute-rheumatic-fever-and-acute-post-streptococcal-glomerulonephritis-rarely-seen-together
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Sibel Bozabali, Ece Bayraktar, Can N Kocabaş
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093988/adherence-to-secondary-prophylaxis-for-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-a-systematic-review
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Priya Minaxi Kevat, Benjamin M Reeves, Alan R Ruben, Ronny Gunnarsson
BACKGROUND: Optimal delivery of regular benzathine penicillin G (BPG) injections prescribed as secondary prophylaxis for acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is vital to preventing disease morbidity and cardiac sequelae in affected pediatric and young adult populations. However, poor uptake of secondary prophylaxis remains a significant challenge to ARF/RHD control programs. OBJECTIVE: In order to facilitate better understanding of this challenge and thereby identify means to improve service delivery, this systematic literature review explored rates of adherence and factors associated with adherence to secondary prophylaxis for ARF and RHD worldwide...
January 16, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088248/the-spectrum-of-rheumatic-in-patient-diagnoses-at-a-pediatric-hospital-in-kenya
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Angela Migowa, Inés Colmegna, Carol Hitchon, Eugene Were, Evelyn Ng'ang'a, Thomas Ngwiri, John Wachira, Sasha Bernatsky, Rosie Scuccimarri
BACKGROUND: Pediatric rheumatic diseases are chronic illnesses that can cause considerable disease burden to children and their families. There is limited epidemiologic data on these diseases in East Africa. The aim of this study was to assess the spectrum of pediatric rheumatic diagnoses in an in-patient setting and determine the accuracy of ICD-10 codes in identifying these conditions. METHODS: Medical records from Gertrude's Children's Hospital in Kenya were reviewed for patients diagnosed with "diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue" as per ICD-10 diagnostic codes assigned at discharge between January and December 2011...
January 14, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052445/acute-rheumatic-fever-and-exposure-to-poor-housing-conditions-in-new-zealand-a-descriptive-study
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Jane R Oliver, Nevil Pierse, Niki Stefanogiannis, Catherine Jackson, Michael G Baker
AIM: Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) is an important public health problem in low- and middle-income countries and in certain populations in high-income countries. Indigenous Australians, and New Zealand Māori and Pacific people, have incidence rates among the highest in the world. We aimed to investigate ARF cases' housing conditions and sore throat treatment to identify opportunities for improving ARF prevention in New Zealand. METHODS: Recently diagnosed cases and their care givers were interviewed...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031640/rheumatic-heart-disease-predisposing-to-embolic-myocardial-infarction-a-multimodality-imaging-approach
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Emanuele Canali, Giuseppe Cannavale, Giulia Conti, Simona Mariani, Fabrizio Proietti
We report a clinical case of a 45-year-old male with a diagnosis of inferior myocardial infarction and previous history of rheumatic fever during his childhood. Coronary angiography demonstrated normal coronary arteries. Transthoracic echocardiogram showed hypokinetic left ventricular inferolateral wall and mitral stenosis; furthermore, speckle tracking analysis revealed reduction of global longitudinal strain involving the inferior wall. A three-dimensional transesophaegeal echocardiography, performed to better characterize the anatomy of the valve and to find possible source of embolic infarct in an enlarged left atrium, showed rheumatic valvular involvement...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030530/hostage-to-history-the-duration-of-antimicrobial-treatment-for-acute-streptococcal-pharyngitis
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Michael Radetsky
Oral antimicrobial treatment of acute streptococcal pharyngitis commonly is given for 10 days. An investigation was conducted of journal publications and textbooks from the dawn of the antimicrobial era to the present in order to discover the basis for this settled practice. Current treatment duration for acute streptococcal pharyngitis was established half a century ago under conditions significantly different from those currently encountered by the average clinician. The 10-day treatment standard evolved without scientific justification...
December 27, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002702/acute-rheumatic-fever-with-erythema-marginatum
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Makoto Saito, Shuji Hatakeyama
A previously healthy 36-year-old man presented with a 1-month history of fever and pain in both shoulders and knees, which had been preceded by a sore throat 2 weeks before the onset of fever. Laboratory studies were notable for a white-cell count of 13,800 per cubic millimeter (85% neutrophils), a..
December 22, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998301/acute-polyarthritis-in-a-young-patient-caused-by-meningococcal-and-parvovirus-b19-infections-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Virginie Lavoipierre, Anna Dellyes, Camille Aubry, Christine Zandotti, Pierre Lafforgue, Philippe Parola, Jean-Christophe Lagier
BACKGROUND: Meningococcal infection is a multifaceted disease including acute polyarthritis. This presentation should be known by clinicians in order to prevent delay in treatment. We report what we believe to be the first case of an association of parvovirus B19 and meningococcal polyarthritis in a young adult. CASE PRESENTATION: A 19-year-old Caucasian woman presented to our hospital with fever, intense leg pain, and a transient rash. A physical examination showed asymmetric polyarthritis and no neurological abnormalities...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989256/junctional-tachycardia-in-a-child-with-non-rheumatic-fever-streptococcal-pharyngitis
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Neha Bansal, Peter P Karpawich, Chenni S Sriram
Accelerated junctional rhythm has been reported in children in the setting of acute rheumatic fever; however, we describe a hitherto unreported case of isolated junctional tachycardia in a child with streptococcal pharyngitis, not meeting revised Jones criteria for rheumatic fever. A previously healthy, 9-year-old girl presented to the emergency department with complaints of sore throat, low-grade fever, and intermittent chest pain. She was found to have a positive rapid streptococcal antigen test. The initial electrocardiogram showed junctional tachycardia with atrioventricular dissociation in addition to prolonged and aberrant atrioventricular conduction...
December 19, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974990/pediatric-heart-failure-lagging-and-sagging-of-care-in-low-income-settings-a-hospital-based-review-of-cases-in-ethiopia
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Solmon Gebremariam, Tamirat Moges
Introduction. Causes of acute heart failure in children range from simple myocarditis complicating chest infection to complex structural heart diseases. Objective. To describe patterns, predictors of mortality, and management outcomes of acute heart failure in children. Methods. In retrospective review, between February 2012 and October 2015 at a tertiary center, 106 admitted cases were selected consecutively from discharge records. Data were extracted from patients chart and analyzed using SPSS software package...
2016: Cardiology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939516/nonrheumatic-myopericarditis-post-acute-streptococcal-pharyngitis-an-uncommon-cause-of-sore-throat-with-st-segment-elevation
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Ali Pourmand, Daniel Gelman, Steven Davis, Hamid Shokoohi
Nonrheumatic myopericarditis is an uncommon complication of acute pharyngitis caused by Group A Streptococcal infection (GAS). While the natural history of carditis complicating acute rheumatic fever is well established, the incidence, pathophysiology and clinical course of nonrheumatic myopericarditis are ill defined. Advances in rapid bedside testing for both myocardial injury and GAS pharyngitis have allowed for increasing recognition of this uncommon complication in patients presenting with a sore throat with associated chest discomfort...
December 8, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843372/wissler-fanconi-syndrome-and-related-diagnoses-a-case-report
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Mustafa Q Albustani, Robert F Howard
INTRODUCTION: Wissler-Fanconi syndrome is a rare rheumatic syndrome that was first described during the 1940s in Europe. Since then, many papers have been written that cover all aspects of this syndrome, most of which are in French and German language, with only a very few in English (none of them recent). We report here a case that fulfils the criteria for Wissler-Fanconi syndrome. Under the more general descriptive umbrella of Wissler-Fanconi syndrome, our patient also fulfils the Modified Jones criteria, and the 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism (ACR/EULAR) classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis, and was interpreted by other internists and another rheumatologist as fulfilling the Yamaguchi criteria for adult onset Still's disease...
2016: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836917/sugar-dental-caries-and-the-incidence-of-acute-rheumatic-fever-a-cohort-study-of-m%C3%A4-ori-and-pacific-children
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Simon Thornley, Roger J Marshall, Katie Bach, Pauline Koopu, Gary Reynolds, Gerhard Sundborn, Win Le Shwe Sin Ei
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether dental caries, as an indicator of cumulative exposure to sugar, is associated with the incidence of acute rheumatic fever and chronic rheumatic heart disease, in Māori and Pacific children aged 5 and 6 years at their first dental visit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort study was undertaken which linked school dental service records of caries with national hospital discharge and mortality records. Cox models were used to investigate the strength of the association between dental caries and rheumatic fever incidence...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821851/phenotypic-differentiation-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-populations-is-induced-by-recombination-driven-gene-specific-sweeps
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Yun-Juan Bao, B Jesse Shapiro, Shaun W Lee, Victoria A Ploplis, Francis J Castellino
Genomic recombination plays an important role in driving adaptive evolution and population differentiation in bacteria. However, controversy exists as to the effects of recombination on population diversity and differentiation, i.e., recombination is frequent enough to sweep through the population at selected gene loci (gene-specific sweeps), or the recombination rate is low without interfering genome-wide selective sweeps. Observations supporting either view are sparse. Pathogenic bacteria causing infectious diseases are promising candidates to provide observations of recombination...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815733/acute-rheumatic-fever-outbreak-in-southern-central-european-country
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Urška Kočevar, Nataša Toplak, Blaž Kosmač, Luka Kopač, Samo Vesel, Natalija Krajnc, Matjaž Homan, Rina Rus, Tadej Avčin
: A decline in the incidence of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) in developed countries over the past century can be attributed to the improved public hygiene and to widespread use of antibiotics. ARF seemed to be a rare disease in southern central European country, Slovenia, up to 2010 when we noticed an increase in the number of patients with ARF. In order to assess the current incidence of ARF, we performed a retrospective study of all patients with ARF treated at the University Children's Hospital Ljubljana from January 2008 until the end of December 2014...
January 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
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