Who diagnoses the familial mediterranean fever and when?

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.

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Any link between familial mediterranean fever and getting pregnant?

No. Fmf is more a gastrointestinal inflammatory disease, usually hereditary. I have several patients with fmf who have been successfully pregnant as long as the disease is under control. Read more...

What to do if I have familial mediterranean fever and taking colchicine, 1mg. Recently discovered coronary calcium builtup?

See Cardiologist. Familial Mediterranean Fever is treated effectively in most patients with colchicine. Colchicine is not involved in calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Suggest to see a Cardiologist regarding cause, importance and possible treatment. You undoubtedly have had arthritis with this and the treatment is appropriate. Read more...

I have familial mediterranean fever and I am on colchicine I noticed that every time my period ends I get the fmf is that normal? What's threlation?

I read it's common. Fmf attacks are triggered by the complex hormonal system of our bodies, a chaotic system that defies full analysis. From my reading, maybe 15% of women get an attack with each period. Whether you want to up your rx at this time is between you and your physician. Compliance with your prescription is important to prevent deadly amyloidosis as a complication -- but you know that. Stay proactive. Read more...

What is familial mediterranean fever?

A great mimic. This is a hereditary deficiency in pyrin, which is the brakes on the acute inflammatory response. Episodes of pain in one place -- one side of the chest, the abdomen, a joint, etc -- are accompanied by fever. It seems mild, but especially untreated, tends to produce amyloidosis which is first crippling and then lethal. A few genetic diseases are similar, and fmf often takes years to diagnose. Read more...

What is familial mediterranean fever like?

Fevers & belly pain. Fmf is a genetically inherited disease which leads to fevers and, often, abdominal pain that can be mistaken for an infection but is not. Symptoms usually start in young adult hood and treatment involves the use of anti-inflammatories. Read more...
Subtle. Brief episodes of fever, generally beginning in childhood, with discomfort in different parts of the body (one side of the chest, the abdomen, a joint, maybe elsewhere) each time. Worse, especially if untreated, the disease often eventually causes amyloidosis, which will first ruin your life, then end it. Genetic testing clinches the diagnosis. Good luck. Read more...

What is this familial mediterranean fever?

Genetic disorder. Recurrent periods of fever seen in certain ethnic groups, with attendant complications. See an internist. Read more...

Can familial mediterranean fever be detected easy?

Not really. The diagnosis of this disorder is made with a combination of clinical analysis and testing. A history of typical attacks of fever and abdominal or joint pain in mediterranian groups like armenians or arabs is highly suggestive, with acutely high levels of c-reactive protein, wbc, and possibly evidence of renal failure. Genetic tests to detect mefv gene mutations and Metaraminol test can be done. Read more...

Is there any cure to familial mediterranean fever?

See below. At present, there are no cures, but management is available with a medicine called colchicine. See your doctor for more info. Read more...

Can familial mediterranean fever be detected early?

Rare condition. Fmf often presents as fever of undetermined origin. If you are of appropriate ethnic background, have episodes of fever with abdominal pain and other suggestions of polyserositis and are without symptoms between attacks the illness is suspected and there are now molecular testing techniques for hereditary periodic fevers. Without these symptoms, very difficult to suspect. Read more...