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      Recurrence of Rheumatic Fever after Valve Replacement

      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Rheumatic fever, Rheumatic heart disease, Prophylaxis of rheumatic fever, Ethiopia

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          While recurrence of rheumatic fever is common, recurrence after valve replacement has not been reported. A 15-year-old Ethiopian boy returned from America after mitral valve replacement in May 1986. He did not take antibiotic prophylaxis and, in February 1987, had recurrent rheumatic fever. The literature on recurrence of rheumatic fever and prophylaxis is reviewed. Monthly injections of benzathine penicillin have been shown to be the most effective drug to prevent rheumatic fever recurrences. It is recommended that patients with rheumatic heart disease in the developing world should take prophylaxis for life.

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          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1989
          1989
          12 November 2008
          : 76
          : 6
          : 465-468
          Affiliations
          Department of Internal Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
          Article
          174535 Cardiology 1989;76:465–468
          10.1159/000174535
          2611799
          © 1989 S. Karger AG, Basel

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