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Familial Mediterranean Fever Overview

What is familial Mediterranean fever?
A person with familial Mediterranean fever has an inherited disorder that causes episodes of fever, along with joint pain, chest pain or abdominal pain. In familial Mediterranean fever the body makes an abnormal protein that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the lining to the joints, lungs, abdomen, and kidneys. Familial Mediterranean fever is more common in Armenian, Turkish, Arab, and Sephardic Jewish individuals.

What are the symptoms of familial Mediterranean fever?
Symptoms of familial Mediterranean fever come and go. Those who are affected are usually pain-free between attacks of abdominal pain. Other symptoms of familial Mediterranean fever include fever, chest pain, and joint pains.

How does the doctor treat familial Mediterranean fever?
Treatment for familial Mediterranean fever includes colchicine, narcotic pain medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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