Sydenham’s chorea is a neurological disorder that occurs after an individual has been infected by group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus bacterium, which causes rheumatic fever. Sydenham’s chorea is characterized by aimless, rapid, irregular, involuntary movements of the legs, facial muscles, trunk, and arms. More females than males are affected by Sydenham’s chorea, and it is most common in individuals between five and fifteen years old. Sydenham’s chorea can manifest at any time up to six months following the beta-hemolytic streptococcus infection. Symptoms include muscular weakness, frequent falls, writing problems, issues with concentration, emotional instability, uncoordinated movements, stumbling, and writhing. Diagnosis of Sydenham’s chorea can be challenging because the bacterial infection may have left the body by the time movement symptoms occur. Blood tests, physical examination, and brain imaging are used to help eliminate other causes of a patient’s symptoms and diagnose Sydenham’s chorea.
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Watch And Wait
An individual affected by Sydenham’s chorea may choose the watch and wait method as part of their treatment. When the group A streptococcus bacteria have been eliminated from the patient’s body and movement symptoms are controlled, a physician may recommend watching and waiting until the condition runs its course. This approach is often used in patients who do not respond well to the use of multiple medications or medications in general. As long as symptoms do not present a danger to the patient, some may choose to watch and wait due to their beliefs in the use of holistic and natural methods to heal, rather than medical methods. Over half of all individuals affected by Sydenham’s chorea recover between two and six months following the initial symptoms. Watching and waiting may be a treatment method that is inappropriate or insufficient for use in individuals who experience lingering movement and or psychiatric symptoms due to Sydenham’s chorea.
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