periodic disease


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per·i·od·ic dis·ease

any condition or disease in which episodes tend to recur at regular intervals; many such cases are manifestations of familial Mediterranean fever; the cause of the periodicity is usually unknown.

periodic disease

(1) A highly non-specific term for any disease that cyclically waxes and wanes.
(2) Familial Mediterranean fever, see there.
(3) Familial Hibernian fever, see there.

per·i·od·ic dis·ease

(pēr'ē-od'ik di-zēz')
Any condition or disease in which episodes tend to recur at regular intervals; many such cases are manifestations of familial Mediterranean fever; the cause of the periodicity is usually unknown.

per·i·od·ic dis·ease

(pēr'ē-od'ik di-zēz')
Condition or disorder in which episodes tend to recur at regular intervals.

Patient discussion about periodic disease

Q. Can Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) cause a heart enlargement? A friend of mine is suffering from FMF. its usually doesn't bother him that much and when it dose the symptoms are stomach ache and fever. he has no heart symptoms and takes no medications. his physician told him that because of the FMF he might suffer from a heart enlargement, and that he should take some oral medications daily to prevent it. how can it be?

A. This question can't be answered with a strict yes or no.
although FMF on its own can't cause heart enlargement, FMF can cause amyloidosis because of the recurrent inflammation. this may lead to enlargement of the heart which is a severe disease.
the good side is that taking medication can decrease the chance of the cardiac enlargement.

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