What is rheumatic endocarditis

Rheumatic endocarditis is an inflammation of the endocardium. The inflammatory process if mostly localized in the valve endocardium, the layer which covers the tendons and papillary muscles, and rarely the parietal endocardium may be affected. An inflammation of the endocardium is always accompanied by inflammation of the myocardium, which is why at times one may find this disease under the name endomyocarditis rheumatica. 

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Mar 2018
Medical Author: Dr. med. Diana Hysi