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Physicians employ flexible diagnostic criteria for PFAPA in children

March 5, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Surveyed rheumatologists and pediatric infectious disease physicians found wide diversity in how they diagnosed patients with periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and cervical adenitis syndrome, as well as patient treatment response, according to data presented at the St. Jude/PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference.

“Children with [periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and cervical adenitis syndrome (PFAPA)] present every month with high fevers, usually with tonsillitis, ulcers in their mouth and swollen lymph nodes,” Kalpana Manthiram, MD, from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “The episodes are highly regular, almost to the point that parents can predict when the next one is going to happen and that is usually how they are presented to us.”

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