Familial mediterranean fever presenting as fever of unknown origin in Korea

Jun Hee Lee, Jong Hyun Kim, Jung Ok Shim, Kwang Chul Lee, Joo Won Lee, Jung Hwa Lee, Jae Jin Chae

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Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common Mendelian autoinflammatory disease, characterized by uncontrolled activation of the innate immune system that manifests as recurrent brief fever and polyserositis (e.g., peritonitis, pleuritic, and arthritis). FMF is caused by autosomal recessive mutations of the Mediterranean fever gene, MEFV which encodes the pyrin protein. Although FMF predominantly affects people from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ethnic origins, 3 cases of FMF have been reported in Korea since 2012. We report another case of FMF in Korea in which the patient presented with a month-long fever without serositis. After treatment with colchicine was initiated, the patient’s symptoms quickly subsided. The response to colchicine was helpful for diagnosis. We compare the FMF genotypes in Korea with in other countries. Studying FMF cases in Korea will help establish the best MEFV exons to use for screening and diagnosis of Korean FMF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S53-S56
JournalKorean Journal of Pediatrics
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov
Externally publishedYes

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© 2016 by The Korean Pediatric Society.


  • Colchicine
  • Familial mediterranean fever
  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Korea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pediatrics


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