Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Familial Mediterranean Fever Underlying Cause

Familial Mediterranean fever is an inherited disorder. An abnormal protein causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the lining to the joints, lungs and abdomen, as well as damage the kidneys.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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