Rheumatic Heart Disease: The Tip of the Iceberg
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains one of the largest preventable burdens of disease in the world. It is perceived as a disease of childhood as it is acquired by streptococcal throat infection of the tonsillo-pharynx, leading to an inflammatory reaction that involves many organs, including the heart. However, cases in children of 5-14 years are likely to represent only 15-20% of all cases within all age groups of vulnerable populations.1 (SELECT FULL TEXT TO CONTINUE)
- Received May 14, 2012.
- Accepted May 16, 2012.
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