I’m afraid that my child may have RHD. How to diagnose it?
Confirming whether or not your child had a strep infection recently is the first step. If your child did have it, then the doctor may ask your child to go through may order a throat culture, a blood test, or both to check for the presence of strep antibodies.
However, these symptoms can improve quickly. When you take your child to the doctor, these symptoms may be gone. You need to recall if your child has these signs recently. Besides, a physical examination is needed to check the signs of rheumatic fever, including joint pain and inflammation. The doctor will also check whether the rhythms or murmurs of your child’s heart is abnormal.
In addition, modern technologies have been used to check the heart and assess damage, including chest X-ray and Echocardiogram. Echocardiogram is the most accurate way to diagnose RHD, because ultrasound is used in this diagnosis. In this way, doctors can know which part of heart valves is affected and its severity.
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