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Reményi B, Wilson N, Steer A, Ferreira B, Kado J, Kumar K, Lawrenson J, Maguire G, Marijon E, Mirabel M, Mocumbi AO, Mota C, Paar J, Saxena A, Scheel J, Stirling J, Viali S, Balekundri VI, Wheaton G, Zühlke L, Carapetis J
These guidelines aim to define the minimum echocardiographic criteria for the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and to highlight evidence on which these criteria are based.
Use of these guidelines should enable rapid identification of RHD in patients who do not have a history of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and allow for consistent and reproducible echocardiographic reporting of RHD worldwide and, therefore, facilitate epidemiologic studies and evaluation of interventions aimed at reducing the worldwide burden of RHD. The guidelines are also intended to aid the long-term evaluation of minor echocardiographic lesions that do not meet the current echocardiographic criteria for definite RHD.
The guidelines cover the following topics:
Please note that this document does not contain recommendations on the management of ARF or RHD, for information on treatment, readers are directed to local guidelines.
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