Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Add like
Add dislike
Add to saved papers

The return of acute rheumatic fever in young adults.

JAMA 1989 November 11
The incidence of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) in the United States has been steadily declining for three decades, and by the mid-1980s had virtually disappeared. In the past 3 years, however, several scattered outbreaks have occurred among US schoolchildren, and there is speculation that ARF will again become a major public health problem in North America. We report a clustering of 10 cases of ARF in young men undergoing basic training at a recruit camp in San Diego, Calif. This was the first such outbreak in two decades among US military personnel and the largest reported series of ARF cases among adults in more than a decade in the United States. Adult-onset ARF was not benign in our patients. The rate of carditis (3 of 10 patients) was similar to that in older studies of adults with ARF. All patients in our series suffered severe polyarthritis, anemia, and fever, but only 60% gave any history of preceding pharyngitis. Rheumatic fever must again be suspected in adults, as well as children, who present with polyarthritis.

Full text links

We have located links that may give you full text access.
Can't access the paper?
Try logging in through your university/institutional subscription. For a smoother one-click institutional access experience, please use our mobile app.

Related Resources

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

Mobile app image

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2024 by WebMD LLC.
This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.

By using this service, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Your Privacy Choices Toggle icon

You can now claim free CME credits for this literature searchClaim now

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app