rheumatic valvulitis

rheu·mat·ic val·vu·li·tis

valvulitis characterized in the acute stage by small fibrin vegetations along the lines of closure and by Aschoff bodies in the cusps; in the chronic stage, it is characterized by scarring, commissural adhesion, and stenosis and/or regurgitation.
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Delay in manifestations of ARF following infection and the presence of infiltrates of T-helper lymphocytes and macrophages in acute rheumatic valvulitis and B cells in Aschoff body suggest an important role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of this disease.
Identification of mononuclear cells and T cell subsets in rheumatic valvulitis.