August 19, 2008

What is Still’s Disease?

Dr. George Still first described Still's Disease in 1897. It is a form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that has systemic features. Although it is more commonly found in children, the disorder can be present in adults, where it is known as Adult-Onset Still's Disease.

The cause is unknown, but a common symptom of Still's Disease is intermittent high fevers. Salmon-colored skin rash that does not itch is also common. Other physical symptoms include joint pain, fatigue and sore throat. The heart, lungs, spleen and lymph glands may become inflamed.

Diagnosis is difficult because the symptoms often resemble those of other types of arthritis. Diagnosis is made after careful physical examination, medical history, blood tests and x-rays.


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