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Sydenham Chorea

Treatment Options

There is no specific cure for Sydenham chorea. Instead, treatment involves supportive care, focusing on reducing or relieving symptoms while the body recovers. Supportive treatment can include:
  • Bed rest
  • Sedatives
  • Medications (such as diazepam) for controlling movements.
Treatment may also involve the use of penicillin for the fever or infection. Doctors may prescribe penicillin prophylaxis to avoid further infections with streptococcal bacteria.

Prognosis for Sydenham Chorea

Generally, the prognosis for people with Sydenham chorea is good; most people with the disorder recover completely. The duration of the infection varies, with the average case lasting three to six weeks.
Occasionally, cases of Sydenham chorea may last for several months. Treatment is usually reserved for these more extended cases or when severe chorea symptoms are present.
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