from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Inflammation of the muscle tissue of the heart.

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  • n. inflammation of the muscles of the heart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inflammation of the fleshy or muscular substance of the heart. See endocarditis and pericarditis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, inflammation of the muscular substance of the heart; myocarditis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inflammation of the heart


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

card(io)- + -itis.


  • What are the long-term effects of carditis from rheumatic fever?

    Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease

  • The diseases caused by Group A Streptococcus can become rheumatic fever, a disease that attacks the heart and leads to carditis, an inflammation of the heart, and congestive heart failure over a period of months and years.

    Louisa May Alcott

  • Rheumatism in childhood is not manifested by acute and short-lived attacks of great severity so much as by a long-continued succession of symptoms of a subacute nature, a transient arthritis, perhaps, succeeding an attack of sore throat with torticollis, to be followed by carditis, to be followed again by another attack of tonsillitis.

    The Nervous Child

  • He was diagnosed with a mild case of carditis, a disease of inflammation of the heart.

    Press of Atlantic City: Editorials

  • Patients who have had rheumatic carditis (inflammation of the heart or area around the heart) should also receive preventive antibiotic therapy well into adulthood and perhaps for life.


  • Carditis Acute carditis was present in 50\% of patients in a large recent series.

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  • Inflammation of the valves consists of oedema and mononuclear cell infiltration of the valvular tissue and the chordae tendineae in the acute phase; fibrosis and calcification occur with maintenance of the inflammatory process. 22 � Subcutaneous nodules Subcutaneous nodules are rarely seen and when present, they are usually associated with severe carditis.

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  • Arthritis, carditis, chorea, and less frequently, subcutaneous nodules and erythema marginatum are major manifestations of RF.

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  • Albert at al. performed a meta-analysis of the literature on the treatment of rheumatic carditis, comparing corticosteroids and salicylates in preventing valvular damage.

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  • In severe carditis, therapy may be initiated with intravenous methylprednisolone. 44,45 Intravenous immunoglobulin seems not to alter the extent and severity of carditis or decrease chronic morbitidy.

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