What age group is most at risk for acute rheumatic fever (ARF) following group A streptococcal (GAS) upper respiratory tract infection?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Rheumatic fever is most frequently observed in the age group most susceptible to group A streptococcal infections (ie, children aged 5-15 y). The attack rate following upper respiratory tract infection is approximately 3% in individuals with untreated or inadequately treated infection.

ARF is commonly seen in young adults or children aged 4-9 years, while PSGN is more common in persons older than 60 years and in children younger than 15 years.


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