Extremely high serum ferritin values (greater than 10,000 micrograms/l) were detected in two patients with adult Still's disease. The ferritin concentrations decreased to normal after adequate treatment. During a one year follow up ferritin concentration was helpful in monitoring disease activity and guiding decisions about treatment. Raised concentrations of soluble interleukin 2 receptors (sCD25) were also found. Detection of ferritin values above 3000 micrograms/l should lead to the consideration of Still's disease when there is an acute febrile illness without evidence for bacterial or viral infections, serum ferritin being suitable for monitoring treatment.
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