How is rheumatic fever differentiated from gonococcal endocarditis?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Brian Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Rheumatic fever is a rare illness in the modern era and can present with high fever, rash, arthritis, and endocarditis. This condition follows a streptococcal infection and requires long, emergent intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy for endocarditis; it also responds well to anti-inflammatory medications.


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