Familial Mediterranean fever

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Familial Mediterranean fever

Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an inherited condition characterized by episodes of painful inflammation of the abdominal lining (peritonitis),  lining surrounding the lungs (pleurisy), and joints (arthralgia and occasionally arthritis). These episodes are often accompanied by fever and sometimes a characteristic ankle rash. The first episode usually occurs in childhood or the teenage years, but in some cases, the initial attack occurs much later in life. Between attacks, people often do not have any symptoms. Without treatment, FMF can lead to kidney failure due to a buildup of certain protein deposits (amyloidosis). FMF is usually inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion and is caused by mutations in the MEFV gene.
 

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Autoinflammatory Alliance

The Autoinflammatory Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to promoting awareness, proper diagnosis and treatment, and improved care for people with autoinflammatory diseases. We started in 2006 under the name, The NOMID Alliance with the same basic goal: to help patients with CAPS and other autoinflammatory diseases. We have a IRS approval as tax-exempt under both names.

Last Updated: 24 Jul 2015

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Center for Jewish Genetics

The Center is dedicated to gathering and disseminating knowledge about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. Its mission is to educate and serve health care professionals, clergy and the Jewish community.

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2012

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stopcaidnow.org

Our mission is simple-Educate, Provide Awareness, and Fund Researchers who are committed to finding a cure. StopCAIDnow(501c3) is focused on providing tools to better educate Doctor’s and the community on AutoInflammatory diseases. There is a need for an understanding of these diseases so proper diagnosis can be made, and treatment can be started. This will help alleviate the inflammation process, 7 the pain that comes with it. Proper diagnosis is urgent for the prognosis of these diseases. If left untreated damage to the tissues, organs & vision(for some) will not only be irreversible but devastating

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Familial Mediterranean fever" for support, advocacy or research.

Autoinflammatory Alliance

The Autoinflammatory Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to promoting awareness, proper diagnosis and treatment, and improved care for people with autoinflammatory diseases. We started in 2006 under the name, The NOMID Alliance with the same basic goal: to help patients with CAPS and other autoinflammatory diseases. We have a IRS approval as tax-exempt under both names.

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Last Updated: 24 Jul 2015

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Center for Jewish Genetics

The Center is dedicated to gathering and disseminating knowledge about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. Its mission is to educate and serve health care professionals, clergy and the Jewish community.

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Last Updated: 26 Dec 2012

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stopcaidnow.org

Our mission is simple-Educate, Provide Awareness, and Fund Researchers who are committed to finding a cure. StopCAIDnow(501c3) is focused on providing tools to better educate Doctor’s and the community on AutoInflammatory diseases. There is a need for an understanding of these diseases so proper diagnosis can be made, and treatment can be started. This will help alleviate the inflammation process, 7 the pain that comes with it. Proper diagnosis is urgent for the prognosis of these diseases. If left untreated damage to the tissues, organs & vision(for some) will not only be irreversible but devastating

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Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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General Resources

Healthier Ever After (injection tips book & program)

This child-friendly book is for patients and their families to learn how to manage their injectable medications, and has a program to help children to discuss and make a plan of care, and goals with rewards to chart on a reusable white board page.

Updated 6 May 2015

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Arts and Literature

CAPS medical guidebook.

Medical guidebook about Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic syndromes (CAPS).

Updated 6 May 2015

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Familial Mediterranean fever" returned 342 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Serum vitamin D levels during activation and remission periods of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and familial Mediterranean fever.
 

Author(s): Aydilek Dağdeviren-Çakır, Ahmet Arvas, Kenan Barut, Emel Gür, Özgür Kasapçopur

Journal: Turk. J. Pediatr.. 2016 ;58(2):125-131.

 

The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of vitamin D deficiency and/or insufficiency in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) and to assess the relationship between vitamin D and disease activity. Sixty four patients ...

Last Updated: 15 Dec 2016

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Decreased Chitotriosidase Activity and Levels in Familial Mediterranean Fever.
 

Author(s): Halef Okan Doğan, Ahmet Omma, Turan Turhan, Nihal Boğdaycıoğlu, Yaşar Karaaslan, Hayrettin Yavuz, Özlem Demirpençe, Hüseyin Aydın, Sevtap Bakır

Journal: J. Korean Med. Sci.. 2016 Dec;31(12):1902-1906.

 

Different studies have demonstrated changes in chitotriosidase (ChT) activity and concentrations in multiple diseases. However, changes in ChT activity and concentrations have not been concurrently evaluated in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF). In this study, we analyzed ...

Last Updated: 8 Nov 2016

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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapy by Verbal Pain Scale in Patients with Abdominal Pain of Familial Mediterranean Fever.
 

Author(s): Sinan Becel, Yılmaz Sezgin, Fatih Akçay

Journal: J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2016 Oct;9(5):264-266.

 

In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy based on Verbal Pain Scale (VPS) scores in familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) patients admitted to the emergency department with attacks of abdominal pain. This observational study was conducted in Erzurum Regional ...

Last Updated: 25 Oct 2016

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The terms "Familial Mediterranean fever" returned 25 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Update on Auto-Inflammatory Diseases and Familial Mediterranean Fever.
 

Author(s): Yackov Berkun, Eli M Eisenstein

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. ;18(3-4):221-4.

 

Last Updated: 27 May 2016

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EULAR recommendations for the management of familial Mediterranean fever.
 

Author(s): Seza Ozen, Erkan Demirkaya, Burak Erer, Avi Livneh, Eldad Ben-Chetrit, Gabriella Giancane, Huri Ozdogan, Illana Abu, Marco Gattorno, Philip N Hawkins, Sezin Yuce, Tilmann Kallinich, Yelda Bilginer, Daniel Kastner, Loreto Carmona

Journal: Ann. Rheum. Dis.. 2016 Apr;75(4):644-51.

 

Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common monogenic autoinflammatory disease, but many rheumatologists are not well acquainted with its management. The objective of this report is to produce evidence-based recommendations to guide rheumatologists and other health professionals ...

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2016

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Familial Mediterranean Fever.
 

Author(s): Adem Kucuk, Ilknur Albayrak Gezer, Ramazan Ucar, Ali Yavuz Karahan

Journal: Acta Medica (Hradec Kralove). 2014 ;57(3):97-104.

 

Familial Mediterranean Fever is an autosomal recessive inherited disease with a course of autoinflammation, which is characterized by the episodes of fever and serositis. It affects the populations from Mediterranean basin. Genetic mutation of the disease is on MEFV gene located on ...

Last Updated: 4 Feb 2015

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Familial Mediterranean Fever and Related Disorders: Genetics and Disease Characteristics
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF)

 

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2017

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Last Updated: 19 May 2016

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Colchicine Levels in the Serum of FMF (Familial Mediterranean Fever) Patients
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: FMF; Colchicine Resistance; Colchicine Toxicity

 

Last Updated: 4 Jul 2017

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