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Familial Mediterranean fever

Other Names for this Disease
  • Benign paroxysmal peritonitis
  • Familial paroxysmal polyserositis
  • FMF
  • Periodic disease
  • Periodic fever
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How is familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) treated?

Currently, there is no known cure for FMF. Physicians can only treat the symptoms of the disease.[1]

A common therapy for FMF is daily use of the drug colchicine, a medicine that reduces inflammation. Colchicine is given orally, 1-2 mg/day in adults. Children may need 0.5-1 mg/day according to age and weight. Many people require colchicine for life.[2] This therapy has been successful in preventing attacks of fever in 75 percent of those who take the drug regularly. Over 90 percent of patients demonstrate a marked improvement. Even if colchicine does not prevent the fever attacks, it does prevent the amyloidosis. However, compliance in taking colchicine every day is very important. If a person stops taking the drug, an attack can occur within a few days.[1] Complications of colchicine use can also occur and include muscle weakness (myopathy) and a toxic epidermal necrolysis-like reaction.[2]

Since the gene that causes FMF codes for the protein pyrin, researchers hope that by studying how this protein works they will ultimately develop improved treatments for FMF, and possibly for other conditions involving excess inflammation.[1]
Last updated: 1/19/2012

  1. Learning about Familial Mediterranean Fever. NHGRI Web site. July 2010; Accessed 1/19/2012.
  2. Shohat M, Halpern GJ. Familial Mediterranean Fever. GeneReviews. April 2009; Accessed 1/19/2012.

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