Pediatric Rheumatic Heart Disease Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jun 12, 2019
  • Author: Thomas K Chin, MD; Chief Editor: Syamasundar Rao Patnana, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Important considerations

The incidence of rheumatic heart disease, the facilities available for identifying and treating the illness, and the caring physicians training and experience with this disorder all vary widely with geographic location. Furthermore, scientific understanding of rheumatic heart remains incomplete. For these reasons, recommending a fixed set of guidelines that apply for all situations is difficult.

Special concerns

The American Heart Association no longer recommends subacute bacterial endocardial prophylaxis in patients with aortic or mitral valve abnormalities secondary to rheumatic heart disease. [16]

Differential Diagnoses