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<< Acute Rheumatic Fever: An Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis and Initial Management (Pharmacology CME)

Differential Diagnosis

Many of the clinical features of ARF are nonspecific, so a broad differential diagnosis should be considered. It is helpful to categorize the differential diagnosis based on 1 of 3 groups of presenting complaints. (See Table 1.) An important consideration is that virtually all patients with ARF will have at least 1 of these 3 complaints: arthritis, carditis, or chorea.16

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