Diagnosis

Based on

2 or more major criteria or

1 major + 2 or more minor criteria in the presence of supporting evidence of preceding streptococcal infection. Major criteria

• polyarthritis

• chorea (involuntary abnormal movements)

• subcutaneous nodules

• erythema marginatum

Minor criteria

• previous RF or rheumatic heart disease

• arthralgia

• raised ESR/C-reactive protein

• ECG—prolonged PR intervals

Investigations

A selective combination of:

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