Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis:   Also known as JRA - is  characterized by joint swelling and pain or tenderness, this inflammatory disorder of the connective tissue is most common in children ages 2 to 5 and ages 9 to 12.  This disorder is considered the major chronic rheumatic disorder of childhood and affects over 150,000 in the United States .  Affecting twice as high i girls

Symptoms:

Possible signs-
Fever
Malaise
Red macular rash on face, trunk, and extremities
Arthralgia (joint pain), joint stiffness, swelling and mild warmth with some limitation of movement of involved joints.
Hepatosplenomegaly, abdominal pain
Lymphadenopathy (disease of the lymph nodes)
Pleurisy, dyspnea
Pericarditis, tachycardia
Growth disturbances

Diagnostic test:

Complete Blood Count
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
Antinuclear antibody test

Treatment:

Anti-inflammatory drugs
Physical therapy
Carefully planned nutrition and exercise
Regular eye examinations
Surgery is usually limited to soft tissue releases to improve joint mobility.

Usually, the prognosis for JRA is good though disabilities can occur.

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis:    Also known as JRA - is  characterized by joint swelling and pain or tenderness, this inflammatory disorder of the connective tissue is most common in children ages 2 to 5 and ages 9 to 12.  This disorder is considered the major chronic rheumatic disorder of childhood and affects over 150,000 in the United States . ...

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