[AN ADULT CASE OF PERIODIC FEVER, APHTHOUS STOMATITIS, PHARYNGITIS, AND ADENITIS (PFAPA) SYNDROME DEVELOPED IN CHILDHOOD AND DIAGNOSED AFTER PROGRESS MORE THAN 30 YEARS].Arerugi. 2020; 69(1):53-58.A
We report an adult case of periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome, who had a tonsillectomy at 10 years old and relapsed later. An early 40's-year-old man had been suffering from recurrent fever attack once in 1-2 months during childhood. He was accompanied by fever which was persist for several days, aphthous stomatitis, tongued tonsillitis with moss, pharyngitis, and submandibular lymphadenitis with tenderness. He was not doing well during fare-up. At the time of admission, CRP level was 12.5mg/dl and the remarkably increased expression of CD64 on neutrophils was found. Bacterial infections and collagen diseases were excluded by the several examinations. We suspected PFAPA syndrome, and treated with cimetidine, but cimetidine was not effective. At the time of flare up, administration of prednisolone was remarkably effective. We diagnosed PFAPA syndrome on the basis of clinical courses. Genetic analysis of responsible gene of familial Mediterranean fever, MEFV showed E148Q heterozygous mutation in exon 2.Since an adult case of PFAPA syndrome is likely to be made misunderstanding for infectious recurrent pharyngitis, it is important to note that we should consider PFAPA syndrome as a differential diagnosis when we meet with the adult patient of recurrent fever.