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Quick reference guide 2: Diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever

This chapter from the quick reference guide focuses on an accurate diagnosis of ARF. Overdiagnosis results in unnecessary treatment over a long time, while underdiagnosis leads to further attacks of ARF, cardiac damage and premature death. Diagnosis remains a clinical decision, as there is no specific laboratory test. Information is derived from the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edn).
RHDAustralia, Menzies School of Health Research, National Heart Foundation of Australia,
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