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Acutely developed elbow arthritis in a patient with Brucellosis: Familial Mediterranean Fever

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Author(s): Mustafa Akif Sarıyıldız | Özcan Deveci | Erkan Yula

Journal: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Investigations
ISSN 1309-8578

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 437;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Brucella | FMF | elbow arthritis

ABSTRACT
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessivedisorder that is prevalent in non-Ashkenazi Jews,Armenians, Turks and Arabs. The characteristic featuresof FMF is recurrent self-limited attacks of fever, polyserositis(synovitis, peritonitis, and pleuritis), and secondaryamyloidosis. Genetic studies have shown that the genefor FMF is located on chromosome 16p is designatedMEFV. The diagnosis of FMF is based on a clinical historyof typical acute attacks, ethnic background, and familyhistory.Brucellosis is a systemic infectious disease caused bygram-negative bacillus. The prevalence of the disease ishigher in developing countries. It is frequently transmittedto humans via consumption of infected unpasteurizeddairy products and infected by direct contact with infectedanimals.In this article, we discussed a patient who was in our followup with diagnosis of brucellosis, after sudden effusionof elbow; we diagnosed the case FMF together with brucellosis.J Clin Exp Invest 2011; 2 (4): 437-440
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