Definition of Sydenham's chorea in English:

Sydenham's chorea


  • A form of chorea chiefly affecting children, associated with rheumatic fever.

    Formerly called St. Vitus's dance

    ‘The criteria list major manifestations that include carditis, erythema marginatum, polyarthritis, subcutaneous nodules, and Sydenham's chorea.’
    • ‘Included in this general category is Sydenham's chorea, but it does not lead to carditis.’
    • ‘Singer also characterized the evidence for the post-streptococcal infection etiology of PANDAS as circumstantial, and deemed it unproven even for Sydenham's chorea.’
    • ‘Sydenham's chorea is characterized by abrupt, purposeless, nonrhythmic, involuntary movements; muscular weakness; and emotional disturbances’
    • ‘Sydenham's chorea is self-limited, occurs in no more than 5 percent of patients, and typically lasts two to three months.’
    • ‘He was afflicted by Sydenham's Chorea.’


Sydenham's chorea

/ˌsidnəmz kôˈrēə/ /ˌsɪdnəmz kɔˈriə/