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 most common of these syndromes is
A similar disorder that causes episodes of fever but is not thought to be hereditary is
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 July 2013 by Stephen E. Goldfinger, MD