Are rheumatic fever and obesity related?

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I know that rheumatic fever is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes. It mostly develops after a streptococcal throat infection.

But are rheumatic fever and obesity related? For example, are obese people more susceptible to rheumatic fever than a normal person (keeping in mind that the obese person has immunity like any other normal person)?
 

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What you are asking for is an association. Morbidly obese patients are viewed by physicians as having an illness, one that has multiple possible causes. Obesity leads to a large of other secondary conditions (read: associated, not necessarily directly caused by), ranging from coronary diseases and various cancers, to diseases of the skeletal system.

Answer: I do not know, and I'm not sure if there is a good answer.

Try google: statistical association between morbid obesity and rheumatic fever. There may be some clinical observations....
 

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