The PFAPA syndrome (periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and adenitis) causes repeated episodes of fever. It is accompanied by inflammation of the back of the throat and tonsils, ulcers in the mouth and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. The exact cause of this fever syndrome is unknown. The symptoms disappear on their own after a few days.
- Recurrent high fevers
- Ulcers (aphthae) in the mouth
- Inflammation of pharynx and tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
These symptoms occur regularly every two to ten weeks.
- The symptoms disappear on their own after 2 to 7 days
- The disease usually heals by itself between the ages of 10 and 20
Causes and treatment
- The cause is not known
- Genetic factors and certain infections are suspected
Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital
- Blood test (inflammatory markers)
- Throat swab
- Removal of tonsils
periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and adenitis