Joined: 04 Jan 2018
|Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:46 pm Post subject: Rheumatic fever
|Is a serious complication that can be caused by a bacteria which is known as streptococcus A, generally the symptoms tend to last anything between 4-6 weeks but sometimes can persist for several months. At present, there is no cure for rheumatic fever, treatment is in the form of taking relevant medications (usually antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines) in order to relieve the symptoms so as to try and prevent any permanent damage to the body occurring, in particular to the heart.
Tests that can be done include:
(1). The electrocardiogram (ECG) is needed in order to determine the heartís electrical activity, this machine allows the doctor to look for any abnormal heart rhythms.
(2). There is also the possibility of carrying out a number of blood tests.
(a). C-Reactive protein (CRP): This marker is produced by the liver and if there are elevated levels of it in the blood then this indicates that there is inflammation in the body. http://www.elisakits.co.uk/c-reactive-protein-crp-elisa-kit
(b). Antistreptolysin O titre (ASOT): Identifies antibodies that are produced and secreted by the immune system due to the streptococcal infection. https://labtestsonline.org/tests/antistreptolysin-o-aso
(c). Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR): Measures the rate of red blood cell sedimentation (fall), the ESR will be higher if there has been an immune response. The red blood cells will fall more rapidly.