Still's Disease
(Systemic-Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis)

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Still's disease facts

  • Still's disease is commonly associated with a high spiking fever and a rash that doesn't itch.
  • Still's disease always causes joint inflammation (arthritis).
  • The cause of Still's disease is not known.
  • Still's disease can be associated with inflammation of internal organs.
  • Still's disease is diagnosed by the characteristic clinical features. These features include high intermittent fever, joint inflammation and pain, muscle pain, faint salmon-colored skin rash, swelling of the lymph glands or enlargement of the spleen and liver, and inflammation of the lungs (pleuritis) or around the heart (pericarditis).
  • Classic blood tests for rheumatic diseases are negative.
  • Treatment is directed toward the individual areas of inflammation.

What is Still's disease?

Still's disease, a disorder featuring inflammation, is characterized by high spiking fevers, salmon-colored rash that comes and goes, and arthritis. Still's disease was first described in children, but it is now known to occur, much less commonly, in adults (in whom it is referred to as adult-onset Still's disease or AOSD).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/22/2013

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Still's Disease Treatment

Anakinra (Kineret)

Anakinra is a synthetic (man-made), injectable, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist that blocks the effects of human interleukin-1. It is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.


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