What are late complications in scarlet fever?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Late complications of group A streptococcal infection include rheumatic fever and poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis. Risk of acute rheumatic fever following an untreated streptococcal infection has been estimated at 3% in epidemic situations and approximately 0.3% in endemic scenarios. If a nephritogenic strain of group A beta-hemolytic streptococci causes infection, the individual has a 10-15% chance of developing glomerulonephritis.


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