Definition of Sydenham's chorea in US English:

Sydenham's chorea


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

    Formerly called St. Vitus's dance
    • ‘Included in this general category is Sydenham's chorea, but it does not lead to carditis.’
    • ‘The criteria list major manifestations that include carditis, erythema marginatum, polyarthritis, subcutaneous nodules, and Sydenham's chorea.’
    • ‘Sydenham's chorea is self-limited, occurs in no more than 5 percent of patients, and typically lasts two to three months.’
    • ‘Sydenham's chorea is characterized by abrupt, purposeless, nonrhythmic, involuntary movements; muscular weakness; and emotional disturbances’
    • ‘He was afflicted by Sydenham's Chorea.’
    • ‘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

/ˌsidnəmz kôˈrēə/