Suspected acute rheumatic fever in a young man in England
Wilson, Z. M.
JournalBMJ case reports
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A 24-year-old fit and well Caucasian man was referred to acute hospital via his General Practitioner with chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath and an antecedent sore throat. Investigations revealed pericardial and pleural effusions, pericardial thickening on MRI, mild mitral regurgitation on echocardiogram and a raised Antistreptolysin O (ASO) titre.He was treated as acute rheumatic fever (ARF) with a prolonged course of penicillin, supportive therapy with bisoprolol and colchicine with lansoprazole cover. The patient made a full recovery and subsequent cardiac MRI showed resolution of all changes.