Hereditary periodic fever syndromes are hereditary disorders that periodically cause episodes of fever and other symptoms that are not due to usual childhood infections or any other obvious disorder. The more common of these syndromes include
Other less common syndromes include the following:
Symptoms usually begin during childhood. Fewer than 10% of people develop symptoms after age 18. People periodically have attacks of fever and inflammation but feel well between attacks.
Last full review/revision January 2009 by Stephen E. Goldfinger, MD