Acute adrenal crisis mimicking familial Mediterranean fever attack in a renal transplant FMF patient with amyloid goiter

Emeksiz H., Bakkaloglu S. A., Camurdan O., Boyraz M., Soylemezoglu O., Hasanoglu E., ...More

RHEUMATOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol.30, no.12, pp.1647-1649, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00296-009-1115-0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1647-1649
  • Keywords: Addison disease, Adrenal crisis, Amyloid goiter, Familial Mediterranean fever, ADDISONS-DISEASE
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The most devastating complication of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is amyloidosis which is capable of resulting in chronic renal failure. Although amyloid deposits are frequent in adrenal glands based on the autopsies of FMF patients however; to our knowledge, symptomatic adrenal insufficiency has not been reported yet. We describe a 21-year-old-FMF amyloidosis case with a well-functioning allograft who presented to the emergency clinic with the complaints of abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea mimicking FMF attack. adrenocorticotrophic hormone stimulation test was performed due to resistant hyponatremia and disclosed Addison disease. In countries with a high prevalence of FMF, adrenal crisis should be borne in mind in long standing FMF patients.