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October 1961

Urticaria and Dermographism with Mediterranean Fever: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, Dr. S. M. Peck, Director.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(4):630-632. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580160094016

Familial Mediterranean fever (benign paroxysmal peritonitis) is a disease complex primarily involving the abdomen, chest, and joints. This condition is rarely referred to a dermatologist, but recently a patient was sent to the Dermatology Clinic for management of her urticaria. This prompted us to investigate the literature for any reported instances of skin lesions associated with this unusual disease. The following is a report of this case as well as a survey of other skin manifestations which have been reported.

Report of Case  A 35-year-old Armenian woman was admitted to The Mount Sinai Hospital for the first time in August, 1960, because of fever and severe abdominal pain of 24 hours' duration. There had been numerous other hospital admissions since the age of 15 because of recurrent abdominal pain and fever up to 104 F, all of which had pursued a benign course. As many as 5 or 6 attacks