When do the first symptoms of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) appear, and when is rheumatic heart disease likely to occur?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Following the initial pharyngitis, a latent period of 2-3 weeks occurs before the first signs or symptoms of ARF appear.

Rheumatic heart disease is a sequela of ARF that manifests as valvular heart disease 10-20 years after the causative episode of ARF.


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