Fevers that persist for several days and are accompanied by other symptoms such as sore throat, abdominal pain, and/or joint pain may indicate the presence of a periodic fever syndrome. Children may have recurrent episodes of fever and symptoms as often as every three to four weeks.

Duke pediatric rheumatologists are experts in identifying the many disorders that fall under the heading of periodic fever syndromes. They may recommend treatment to control symptoms so your child can return to daily activities. In rare cases, treatment may prevent potential complications from uncontrolled inflammation.