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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.