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Systemic Autoinflammatory Disease (SAID) Support has posted a very informative blog article on autoinflammatory conditions, otherwise known as periodic fever syndromes, in adults.
Periodic Fever Syndromes in Adults.
Posted on 28th October 2015 by Jennifer Tousseau (author) & Karen Durrant RN (editor).
‘Autoinflammatory diseases, also commonly known as periodic fever syndromes, are systemic inflammatory diseases caused by malfunctions of the innate immune system. Most autoinflammatory diseases are genetic and the first symptoms start in childhood, and most are chronic lifelong diseases. However, due to the complex range of symptoms and their rarity, patients with these conditions may not get diagnosed or helpful treatment until they are adults.
In addition, some patients may be diagnosed with autoinflammatory disease symptoms, but the cause may not have been classified, or determined yet, and these patients are still seeking a diagnosis, often into adulthood. But the following common symptoms and labs may be noted in these patients. Experts on autoinflammatory diseases estimate that up to 2/3 of their patient population has a systemic undifferenciated autoinflammatory syndrome (SURFS), so it is important to consider systemic autoinflammatory diseases as a possible diagnosis in a patient that has the following symptoms, even if the genetic cause has not yet been identified.’
Read the rest of the blog here. Includes information on symptoms; lab results; problems with misdiagnosis; genetic testing; diagnostic tools.
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