Profile of secondary prophylaxis among children with rheumatic heart disease in Alexandria, Egypt
AbstractA cross-sectional study was conducted in specialist children's hospitals in Alexandria, which aimed to evaluate the current regimen of secondary prophylaxis for children suffering from rheumatic heart disease. Two-thirds of the patients had complied with their prophylactic regimen. Prophylactic failure occurred in one-third of the patients, raising doubts about the efficacy of the brands of penicillin prescribed. Recurrence of rheumatic fever was recorded in 37.3% of the patients, with semiurban or rural residence and non-compliance with secondary prophylaxis the significant risk factors. These unsatisfactory findings suggest the need for a more effective strategy of primary and secondary prophylaxis for controlling rheumatic fever in our community
Bassili, A. (2000). Profile of secondary prophylaxis among children with rheumatic heart disease in Alexandria, Egypt. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118889
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 6 (2-3), 437-446, 2000
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