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What are the long term side effects of rheumatic fever? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Dec-2014
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User:Hi Good Morning
Doctor:Hello Good morning
User:I Just want to know about the future effects of Rheumatic fever affected by a person at the age of 16
Doctor:What is the present age of person?
User:Present age is 25 or 26
Doctor:What all symptoms is he having currently?
User:Also the person has taken penicillin injection for app 4 years from the age of 16 (One per month)
Doctor:Ok good
User:Many symptoms but could recognize why these symptoms come
Doctor:Does ha have any history of heart problems?
User:No i feel
Doctor:has he ever done 2D echo of heart?
User:No treatment done regarding heart except penicillin injection
Doctor:I would like to about symptoms and does he have any history of recurrent throat infection, joint pain (arthritis) or any problem
User:Has dry cough and rarely feels joint pain in the knee joint
User:Both in hand and in leg
Doctor:Or any other symptoms/
User:Is his life facing any critical situation
Doctor:Does he smoke?
User:Red color in eye never reduced and chest pain in right side its rare
Doctor:had he gone to any surgery?
Doctor:recurrent throat pain?
User:Feel the pain whenever dry cough occurs
User:Feel Like loss of appitite
Doctor:does he have shortness of breath?
User:Also Loss of Some weight reduced around 4-5 kgs
Doctor:has he lost weight in one month?
User:Not regularly feels like once in a month
User:difficult to breath
Doctor:I guess he needs complete evaluation
User:why any serious problem
Doctor:Since when is he having cough?
User:for past 1 month
User:Sometimes takes alcohol
Doctor:has he taken any medication for it?
User:What sort of medication
Doctor:for cough like cough syrup?
User:Has taken but still not cured
User:when he coughs feels slight pain in both chest
Doctor:Ok here I can not say it is due to rheumatic fever, but one more possibility here is chronic bronchitis which is due to smoking
User:Is his life span short
Doctor:First I suggest you to visit a pulmonologist to rule out this and doctor would advice chest x ray
Doctor:and other tests to rule out and lung or chest problems
User:Is there any serious affecting heart and making life span short
User:Asking regarding like counting the days
Doctor:See, i can not comment about life span since we do not know what is the exact diagnosis
User:Ok Thank You doctor.
Doctor:First he needs evaluation by doctor, may it is not serious problems
User:Just can you guide the tests that has to be taken currently
User:Sure Doctor. Thank you for the information
Doctor:First visit a chest physician and get tests done like chest x ray, blood tests like ESR, CRP, Lft and other test
Doctor:if doctor finds any abnormality regarding heart then need to go to cardiologist and get test like 2D echo
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
Doctor:And also we need to be ruled out Rheumatic arthritis
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