Adult onset Still's disease

Content last updated on: January 18, 2015


Summary of Adult onset Still's disease

Adult onset Still's disease is a rare disease characterized by fever, skin rash and muscle or joint pain. Enlarged lymph nodes and enlarged liver or spleen can also be features of adult onset Still's disease. It is treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.


Fever, skin rash and joint pain are symptoms of adult onset Still's disease

The name adult onset Still's disease (AOSD) refers to Still's disease, a rheumatic disease that presents in childhood. Both diseases share some characteristics, but also have differences. AOSD is characterized by a combination of the following symptoms:

- fever: in AOSD, fever has a spiking pattern and temperature can reach over 39 degrees Celcius. It lasts several days.

- Skin rash: a red or salmon pink skin rash can be seen. It is located on the back, legs or arms in most cases. Sometimes the rash can resemble urticaria. In most cases it presents during the fever.

- muscle and joint pain. Joint swelling can be present.

Besides these, other features can also be seen in AOSD:

- enlarged lymph nodes

- enlarged liver or spleen

- fatigue

- sore throat

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