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Familial Mediterranean fever

  • Alternative Names

    Familial paroxysmal polyserositis; Periodic peritonitis; Recurrent polyserositis; Benign paroxysmal peritonitis; Periodic disease; Periodic fever; FMF


    The goal of treatment for familial Mediterranean fever is to control symptoms. Colchicine, a medicine that reduces inflammation, may help during an attack and may prevent further attacks. It can also help prevent a serious complication called systemic amyloidosis.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    There is no known cure for familial Mediterranean fever. Most people continue to have attacks, but the number and severity of attacks is different from person to person.


    A serious complication is amyloidosis, a condition in which abnormal proteins build up in the organs and joints.

    Gallbladder disease may also occur.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you or your child develop symptoms of this condition.