Which clinical history findings are characteristic of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF)?

Updated: May 14, 2018
  • Author: John O Meyerhoff, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The preeminent feature of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the paroxysm, the classic onset of which occurs without warning, although some patients may be able to detect premonitory symptoms. The paroxysms usually last 48-96 hours, with peak intensity occurring within the first 12 hours. A plateau with resolution follows, usually occurring more slowly than the onset of symptoms.

In paroxysms, the person's temperature rises rapidly to 38-40°C (100.4-104°F). Temperature increases may occur before other manifestations. In mild attacks, fever may be the only manifestation.


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