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Autoinflammatory Diseases Center

Arturo Diaz, MD

The Autoinflammatory Diseases Center of the Division of Rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is one of the few centers in the country that specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with autoinflammatory diseases.  Members of the Center work closely with other specialists to provide comprehensive care to these patients.

The autoinflammatory diseases are a relatively new category of illnesses caused by disorders of one arm of the immune system. Many of these diseases are characterized by recurrent fevers, rash, chest and abdominal pain, and evidence of systemic inflammation on blood tests; these manifestations can mimic infectious or other illnesses.

Most autoinflammatory diseases are genetic (inherited), start in childhood, and persist throughout adult life. These diseases are often present in several members of a family. Other autoinflammatory diseases appear to be acquired, perhaps due to the interplay of genetic and environmental factors, and can present at any time during childhood or adulthood.

Dr. Arturo Diaz, and Dr. Jonathan Hausmann, offer expert evaluation and care to patients over age 16 with suspected or confirmed autoinflmmatory diseases including:

  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) 
  • TNF receptor associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS) 
  • Hyperimmunoglobulin-D syndrome (Hyper-IgD syndrome, HIDS, also known as mevalonate kinase deficiency, MVK)
  • Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS):
    • Familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome (FCAS, also known as familial cold urticaria)
    • Muckle-Wells syndrome
    • Neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID, also known as CINCA) 
  • Deficiency of the interleukin-1-receptor antagonist (DIRA)
  • Deficiency of the interleukin-36-receptor antagonist (DITRA)
  • Periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and adenitis (PFAPA) 
  • Blau syndrome 
  • Pyogenic sterile arthritis, Pyoderma gangrenosum, Acne (PAPA) 
  • Synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis, and osteitis syndrome (SAPHO)
  • Adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD)
  • Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS)
  • Schnitzler’s syndrome
  • Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO, also known as chronic non bacterial osteomyelitis (CNO))

Call the Division of Rheumatology at (617) 632-8658 to make an appointment in the Autoinflammatory Disease Center.

Contact Information

Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Lowry Medical Building, 4B
110 Francis St.
Boston, MA 02215
617.632.8658