Adult-onset Still's disease and chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis: A hitherto undescribed manifestation of autoinflammation

Department of Medicine 3, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Krankenhausstr. 12, 91054, Erlangen, Germany.
Rheumatology International (Impact Factor: 1.52). 07/2011; 32(6):1827-9. DOI: 10.1007/s00296-011-2020-x
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Still's disease and chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) are febrile rheumatic diseases of unknown etiology, which predominantly affect children but can also have their initial manifestation in adults. Both can present as intermittent, relapsing episodes and are considered potential candidates within the expanding spectrum of autoinflammatory disorders, although no genetic abnormalities have been described for either of them. Here, we describe a man with an initial manifestation of abacterial multifocal osteitis at the age of 41. During a relapsing-remitting course of his illness, he increasingly developed symptoms of adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD), and the diagnosis was established according to the Yamaguchi criteria. When treated with anakinra, not only the acute symptoms disappeared promptly, but also the osteitis went into complete remission. This is to our knowledge the first description of a simultaneous occurrence of these two manifestations of autoinflammation in adulthood.

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