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Still's disease adult onset


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Adult onset Still disease
  • Adult Still's disease
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Overview


Adult-onset Still's disease is an inflammatory condition characterized by high fevers, rash, sore throat, and joint pain. As it progresses, adult-onset Still's disease may lead to chronic arthritis and other complications.[1][2] Still's disease was named after an English doctor named George Still, who described the condition in children in 1896.[1] Still's disease which occurs in children (those under the age of 16) is now known as systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).[1][2] In 1971, the term "adult Still's disease" was used to describe adults who had a condition similar to systemic onset JRA.[1] The cause of adult-onset Still's disease is unknown. No risk factors for the disease have been identified.[2] There's no cure for adult-onset Still's disease; however, treatment may offer symptom relief and help prevent complications.[1]

 

Last updated: 8/12/2009

References

  1. Adult Still's disease. MayoClinic.com. 2008; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/adult-stills-disease/DS00792/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed 7/1/2009.
  2. Borigini MJ. Adult Still's disease. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000450.htm. Accessed 7/1/2009.
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