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familial mediterranean fever: can the basic problem be treated?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Yes: There are available and effective treatments for fmf including Colchicine and anti-tnf drugs.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Get treated: It's genetic and incurable. But even if your fmf seems to be a trivial, nuisance-illness not worth taking medication for, the dread, very common complication is amyloidosis which will first ruin and then end your life. Colchicine in particular prevents or a least delays this. I'm glad you are taking a proactive approach to your health. Good luck.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Any tips to someone with "familial mediterranean fever"?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Off and on attacks: Signs and symptoms of familial mediterranean fever usually begin during childhood. In fact, 90 percent of all people initially diagnosed with fmf are younger than 20 years old. The signs and symptoms, which are collectively referred to as attacks, often occur with little warning. Generally, the attacks last two to three days.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Familial mediterranean fever: can the cause be treated?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
See an internist: Or a geneticist. There are specialized dna testing techniques which can assist with this. But first, before spending a great deal of money, make sure you have had intermittent episodes of self-remitting fevers, belong to one of the ethnic groups in which this occurs, and have no other source for your symptoms. This is an uncommon condition. See a good internist.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Who diagnoses the familial mediterranean fever and when?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
An internist: Or a geneticist. There are specialized dna testing techniques which can assist with this. But first, before spending a great deal of money, make sure you have had intermittent episodes of self-remitting fevers, belong to one of the ethnic groups in which this occurs, and have no other source for your symptoms. This is an uncommon condition. See a good internist.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can familial mediterranean fever be detected before symptoms get bad?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Yes: Fmf is an inherited genetic condition. If a family member has already been diagnosed with fmf then other family members can undergo genetic testing to see if they have the mutation before symptoms start. Early management may prevent some of the long term complications of the disease.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What chromosome does the familial mediterranean fever relate to?

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Dr. Peter Horvath
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Chromosome 16: The mefv gene is located on the short (p) arm of chromosome 16 at position 13.3, from base pair 3, 292, 027 to 3, 306, 626 (per wikipedia).

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