Chronic massive knee effusion in familial Mediterranean fever

M. Salai, D. Zemmer, E. Segal, A. Corat, Z. Heyman, B. Davidson, P. Langevitz, A. Livneh

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Objective: To document the occurrence of chronic massive knee effusions in patients with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Patients: Three cases of chronic massive knee effusion of young FMF patients requiring open synovectomy are presented. Results: Open synovectomy necessitated protracted rehabilitation, eventually with good results. Conclusions: FMF should be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic massive knee effusion. Early diagnosis and daily colchicine treatment generally result in a good clinical outcome and may eliminate the need for open synovectomy in favor of arthroscopic surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-172
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • FMF
  • Knee effusion
  • Massive
  • Synovectomy


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