Familial Mediterranean fever and periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome: shared features and main differences

Adrovic A., Sahin S., Barut K., Kasapcopur O.

RHEUMATOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol.39, no.1, pp.29-36, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00296-018-4105-2
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-36
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Autoinflammatory diseases are characterized by fever attacks of varying durations, associated with variety of symptoms including abdominal pain, lymphadenopathy, polyserositis, arthritis, etc. Despite the diversity of the clinical presentation, there are some common features that make the differential diagnosis of the autoinflammatory diseases challenging. Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most commonly seen autoinflammatory conditions, followed by syndrome associated with periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and adenitis (PFAPA). In this review, we aim to evaluate disease characteristics that make a diagnosis of FMF and PFAPA challenging, especially in a regions endemic for FMF. The ethnicity of patient, the regularity of the disease attacks, and the involvement of the upper respiratory systems and symphonies could be helpful in differential diagnosis. Current data from the literature suggest the use of biological agents as an alternative for patients with FMF and PFAPA who are non-responder classic treatment options. More controlled studies are needed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of this strategy.