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Still's disease - Definition


Still's disease is a severe form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis which causes inflammation affecting multiple joints simultaneously. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis generally affects children from the age of 4 years, and sometimes affects the joints of young adults, primarily the knees, feet, and hands, which become swollen and painful. The disease progresses in the form of successive spurts. In Still's disease, a term, in France, reserved for severe forms, symptoms are high fever, rash, increased size of spleen and lymph nodes, and an infection of several envelopes surrounding organs such as the heart, the lungs (pleura), or viscera (peritoneum). Treatment is based on aspirin or corticosteroids, sometimes other polyarthritic treatments are used such as methotrexate.