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Heart 89:1066 doi:10.1136/heart.89.9.1066
  • Miscellanea

Rheumatic carditis in an 18 year old man

An 18 year old man presented with progressive dyspnoea for three months. Seven months before admission he had suffered from choreatic movements of the right arm. A month before admission the general practitioner treated him for diagnosed pericarditis with high dosages of salicylates.

At physical examination the patient appeared chronically ill and …