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COMPARISON OF THE PATHOLOGY OF RHEUMATIC FEVER AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

GRANVILLE A. BENNETT
Ann Intern Med. 1943;19(1):111-113. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-19-1-111
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The present observations are based on the findings in 150 surgically treated and 48 and 101 autopsied cases of rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatic fever subjects, respectively. This material has been supplemented by numerous biopsy specimens of various lesions, particularly subcutaneous nodules.*

Rheumatic Fever. Some degree of rheumatic carditis was found in all the 101 autopsied cases, and the Aschoff nodule was found in 67 instances. Of the remaining cases, 29 showed myocardial cicatrices, probably healed Aschoff nodules. Eleven patients (nine females and two males) between six and 29 years of age died with bacterial endocarditis and the hearts of four

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