Management of adult Still’s disease-an update.

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Management of adult Still's disease-an update.

Mymensingh Med J. 2011 Jul;20(3):520-7

Authors: Mamun AA, Sutradhar SR, Alam MB, Bhattacharjee M

Adult Still's disease (ASD) is not uncommon disease. It is recognized as multi-systemic inflammatory disease of unknown aetiology. There is no significant racial and geographical distribution of the disease. In most of the cases-onset of disease course occur before the age of 35. Its main feature is the combination of symptoms, such as fever higher than 39°C, cutaneous rash during fever peak, polyarthritis, lymphadenopathy, raised white blood cell count, abnormalities of liver metabolism, raised serum ferritin etc. None of these signs is significant to establish the diagnosis. Some diagnostic criteria have been developed for diagnosis of ASD. Among them Yamaguchi criteria is superior to others in respect of its sensitivity and specificity. Some bacterial and viral infections, other rheumatic diseases, malignancy and drug hypersensitivity can also mimic ASD. The aim of treatment of ASD is to limit the intensity of the symptoms and to control disease evolution. Various types of drugs including biological agents are now promising to treat ASD.

PMID: 21804523 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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