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Related to rheumatic carditis: rheumatic heart disease
pancarditis occurring in rheumatic fever, characterized by formation of Aschoff bodies in the cardiac interstitial tissue; may be associated with acute cardiac failure, endocarditis with small fibrin vegetations on the margins of closure of valve cusps (especially the mitral), and fibrinous pericarditis; it is frequently followed by scarring of the valves.
Etymology: Gk, rheuma, flux, kardia, heart, itis, inflammation
pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis that may be associated with acute rheumatic fever.
rheumatic carditisInflammation of any part of the heart resulting from rheumatic fever. The commonest type is rheumatic endocarditis in which the heart lining, and especially one or more heart valves, are involved.
rheumatic carditis (roomat´ik),
n See rheumatic heart disease.