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Pediatric Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

  • Pediatric Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

    Arthritis is a group of more than 100 diseases. It’s only one category of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, and bones. Rheumatic diseases can also affect other areas of the body, including organs. Some rheumatic diseases affect connective tissues.

  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis

    Dermatomyositis is a rare disease that causes muscle inflammation and skin rash.

  • Diagnosing Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases in Children

    Detailed information on diagnosing pediatric arthritis and other rheumatic diseases

  • Fibromyalgia in Children

    Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues around the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) condition. It can affect the neck, shoulders, back, chest, hips, buttocks, arms and legs.

  • Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP)

    Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is a form of vasculitis. Vasculitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the blood vessels.

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  • Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis (JAS) in Children

    Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis. It affects the spine and the places where the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are attached to bone. Ankylosing means stiff or rigid. Spondyl means spine. Itis refers to inflammation.

  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a form of arthritis in children ages 16 or younger. It causes inflammation and stiffness of joints. Unlike adult rheumatoid arthritis, which is chronic and lasts a lifetime, children often outgrow JRA. But the disease can affect bone development in a growing child.

  • Children Living with a Rheumatic Disease

    Detailed information on living with a rheumatic disease

  • Online Resources - Pediatric Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

    List of online resources to find additional information on pediatric arthritis and other rheumatic diseases

  • Psoriatic Arthritis in Children

    Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis associated with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic skin and nail disease. It causes red, scaly rashes and thick, pitted fingernails. Psoriatic arthritis is similar to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in symptoms and joint inflammation.

  • Rheumatic Fever

    Rheumatic fever is a complex disease that affects the joints, skin, heart, blood vessels, and brain. It is an immune disease that may occur after an infection with streptococcus (strep) bacteria.

  • Scleroderma in Children

    Scleroderma is an ongoing (chronic) disease that causes abnormal growth of connective tissue. It can affect the joints, skin, and internal organs. It is degenerative and gets worse over time.

  • Septic Arthritis (Infectious Arthritis) in Children

    Septic arthritis is an infection in the joint fluid (synovial fluid) and joint tissues. It occurs more often in children than in adults. The infection usually reaches the joints through the bloodstream. In some cases, joints may become infected due to an injection, surgery, or injury.

  • Topic Index - Pediatric Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

    Detailed information on pediatric arthritis and other rheumatic diseases

  • Pediatric Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases Statistics

    Statistical information relating to pediatric arthritis and other rheumatic diseases

  • Treatment for Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases in Children

    Detailed information on treatment for arthritis and other rheumatic diseases

  • Common Types of Pediatric Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

    Detailed information on the most common types of pediatric arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, including Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Fibromyalgia, Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatic Fever, Scleroderma, Septic Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Lupus, Vasculitis, Kawasaki Disease, and Henoch-Schönlein Purpura

  • Vasculitis

    Detailed information on the most common types of vasculitis, including Kawasaki Disease and Henoch-Schönlein Purpura

  • Kawasaki Disease

    Kawasaki disease causes inflamed blood vessels. It can weaken the walls of blood vessels, including the arteries of the heart. Kawasaki mostly affects infants and young children. It is uncommon in the U.S. But it is a main cause of heart disease in children in the U.S. and Japan.

  • Anatomy of a Joint

    Joints are the areas where two or more bones meet. Most joints are mobile, allowing the bones to move.

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is a disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack its own cells and tissues. It causes periods of inflammation to various parts of the body. It can affect your joints, tendons, and skin. It can affect blood vessels. And it can affect organs such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain.