Disease Analysis: Familial Mediterranean Fever

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Familial Mediterranean Fever Introduction Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is a very rare disease that tends to attack individuals of the following ancestry: Turkish heritage; Arab heritage; and Sephardic (non-Ashkenazi) Jewish heritage. This paper delves deeply into what is known about the disease, what remedies if any are appropriate, and other ramifications of the disease. What is Familial Mediterranean Fever? Familial Mediterranean Fever is a disease that is inherited and when it hits a person it brings with it "…recurrent attacks of fever, inflammation of the abdominal lining (peritonitis)" along the following health issues: pleurisy, swollen joints including arthritis, and a rash on the ankle that is very typical of an FMF attack (www.genome.gov). The Genome web pages say that FMF hits roughly 1 in 200 people of the ancestry mentioned in the Introduction; the disease clearly has Mediterranean roots and FMF seems to attack Spaniards, Greeks, Japanese, Northern Europeans, Italians and Ashkenzi Jews (www.genome.gov). When was the First Known Attack? According to a book by Gordon Charles Cook, the first description of an attack that was later determined to be Familial Mediterranean Fever was discovered in 1908. It was a discovery of "…recurring attacks of a peculiar nature," Cook explains (Cook, 2009). It was a 16-year old Jewish schoolgirl without "…special neurotic inheritance" who suffered from severe abdominal pain, Cook writes. The pain consisted of
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