Dr. Robert Lowe

Pediatric Rheumatology
Las Vegas, NV
19 years experience male

Locations

Kids Arthritis Care -- Juvenile Arthritis & Rheumatology Care & Research Center

Las Vegas, NV

Address

3017 W. Charleston Blvd, Ste 50, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

7029952124

Insurances accepted

Medicaid

About

Bio

Dr. Lowe is a board certified pediatric rheumatologist and enjoys caring for kids with arthritis, lupus, and many other pediatric rheumatologic conditions. His goals include improving our understanding of how lupus develops in kids and helping develop new treatments and possibly even a cure for lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatric Rheumatology

General Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Nevada

Doctor Q&A

293 Answers
196 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Different bones: There are a number of different types of bones and many do not have "growth plates" as we think of them in long bones in the arms and legs.Growth plat... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Possibly,talk to doc: Etanercept is a pregnancy safety class B which means that it appears safe in animal studies.(A is the safest which means there's data that it is safe ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Not w/ hypermobility: Hypermobility or being "double-jointed" is very common in the population and is not itself associated with the cigarette-paper scars seen in EDS.Howev... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Mostly clinical exam: There is no blood test that can conclusively diagnose RA. Pos rheumatoid factor is not specific and does not make diagnosis.Anti-CCP test is more spec... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
No: Fibromyalgia is not a cause for aseptic meningitis since fibromyalgia by definition is not inflammatory. Medications, viral or fungal infections, par... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Maybe rheumatologist: Many of your disease symptoms can be seen in systemic sclerosis which is a serious form of scleroderma. Systemic sclerosis is an autoimmune disease th... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
No: There is no way to "outgrow" jra / jia. You have it for life. It can only be put into remission for periods of time from weeks to years, depending on... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Eye inflammation: JIA/JRA patients are at higher risk for getting autoimmune eye inflammation called uveitis that can lead to blindness if not detected and treated. It ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Sleep and good diet: You may be able to produce more natural growth hormone from getting enough rest and eating a good diet, but this will not change your genetic growth p... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
No: Cracking your knuckles does not cause arthritis in the near term or long term. This is a myth. It's just annoying to some people, so i tell my teena... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
See a rhematologist: Ra and osteoarthritis are clinical diagnoses, meaning a single or even several lab tests don't make the diagnosis. A clinical diagnosis involves takin... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
No: Hot flashes are not a typical side effect of corticosteroids like prednisone. Many other potential side effects from short term and long term use. Di... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Depends on surgery..: Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon this question. The answer will vary depending on exactly what needs to be done in your case and if there are any ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Depends on diet: Your personal needs for calcium supplementation depends on how much calcium you are getting in your diet. Vitamin d is needed to absorb calcium so yo... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
NO: "alternative" therapies involving naturopathic and herbal remedies will not work. Potent immune modifying drugs are needed. Delaying treat... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
No.: Methylprednisolone does not in any way affect fertility. It is a highly effective anti-inflammatory steroid medication. However, long term use of an... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Steroids in JIA: Unless the child has systemic juvenile arthritis (associated with fevers and rash not due to infection), they should not be on daily steroids unless t... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Very Dangerous: If you are on more than 5mg per day for more than 2 weeks, you could potentially develop adrenal insufficiency because your adrenal glands have stoppe... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Self-limited form: Reactive arthritis (previously called reiter's disease) is a self-limited arthritis that develops as an autoimmune response to an infection (some diar... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
See a rheumatologist: Psoriatic arthritis may occur in up to 20%-30% of patients with psoriasis.If you have rheumatologist-diagnosed inflammatory arthritis and you have obv... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Patello-femoral synd: This could be due to a common condition called patello-femoral syndrome that causes knee pain that is especially worse going up and down stairs.This i... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Not very likely: Tmj arthritis occurs in up to 70% of kids with jia/jra. Most don't even have any symptoms. Highly likely jaw pain is on ominous sign of not just acti... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Highly effective med: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease involving the white blood cells attacking the skin as if it was bacteria or a virus. Low dose weekly Methotrexate i... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Absolutely not: Anything that increases inflammation is going to increase the risk for a flare of autoimmune arthritis. Controlling and reducing inflammation, not cau... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Many common symptoms: Comprehensive evaluation is essential since systemic lupus can present slowly with a very wide array of signs and symptoms depending on how active it ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Kids: Kids can get high blood pressure too for various reasons. Be sure to ask about it with each dr visit.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Those are not terribly high lab values for alt and ast. Such modestly elevated labs that measure liver irritation (or damage/disease when > 2-3 ti... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Depends: Scleritis can be caused by different problems since slceritis just means that your sclera are inflamed. If it's been determined to be an autoimmune co... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Possible enthesitis: Heel pain in a child with known jia/jra could be a symptom of one type of inflammation in some people(including kids)with inflammation where tendons a... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Not really : There are many mechanisms by which Methotrexate modifies the function of the immune system. Inhibition of Folic Acid metabolism is probably only one o... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Yes: If your orthopedic surgeon is concerned about you possibly having rheumatoid arthritis, you should take it seriously and see a rheumatologist soon for... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Depends: This largely depends on the severity of the flare and if appropriate meds are being taken to end the flare.Low dose weekly Methotrexate may take 6-8 w... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Biologics: Injected weekly low dose Methotrexate is clearly a good drug for juvenile arthritis but doesn't come close to an ideal combination of weekly Methotrex... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Uncontrolled disease: Limb deformities occur in rheumatoid arthritis when inflammation has led to physical destruction of the joint so it can't move properly. This can lead... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Ask why not: Is your child's rheumatologist an adult or pediatric rheumatologist?Adult rheumatologists often are less aggressive with using tnf-inhibitors (enbrel/... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Possibly...: This is an inflammatory condition associated with a number of conditions including psoriasis, down syndrome, type 1 diabetes, idiopathic (no known und... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Depends: Some younger patients (particularly under 18yo) have symptoms that can be more serious (inflammatory arthritis, rashes, affected brain, kidney disease... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Pain vs Swelling: Arthralgia refers to only joint pain (arth = joint; -algia = pain). Arthritis refers to inflammation in the joint (arth- = joint; -itis = inflammed) w... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Absolutely: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia), previously commonly known as jra, can start in children of any age including teens. If you know a teen with joint... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
No: "growing pains" is a misnomer since it is not caused by growing--it is a benign non-inflammatory, non-injury-related musculoskeletal pain that affect... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Fairly low: Systemic lupus erythematosus is a complex genetic disease meaning that there are many genes that may affect risk(over 80 known so far) and only a hand... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Add a TNF-inhibitor: A dose of 22.5mg of weekly Methotrexate is a large dose for a 6yo (i rarely go above 15mg weekly for small children).The side effects and toxicity in... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Only if broken young: Damaged growth plates are harmful because they can prevent normal bone growth in childhood and adolescence. As an adult, growth plates are inactive (f... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
No: Alcohol use when used with low dose Methotrexate can and has lead to liver failure and the need for a liver transplant. The amount of alcohol that can... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
No, bad idea: You are on the same team as your doctor. Use your doctor as a consultant to help you make the best decisions for your care. If you alter your treatmen... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Different treatments: Systemic lupus can be a very severe disease, especially in children.Plaquenil alone may be sufficient to help prevent flares of disease once it is in ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Kids with JIA: Kids require aggressive treatment to prevent growth abnormalities and to put their disease into remission. There is no cure now and it is not self-li... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
It's working: Methotrexate starts working after 4 to 8 weeks with maximal benefit at a particular dose around 3 to 4 months-- a great medication.We don't fully unde... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Many possibilities: We don't fully understand what causes lupus but we do know from recent studies that even if your lupus is not flaring, your immune system is not like ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 19 years experience
Many, all treatable: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (same as jra, newer name) can be classified into several categories: oligoarticular jia (4 or fewer joints affected), po... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 21, 2013
Dr. Lowe is a well-trained, caring, and thoughtful expert in his field. I recommend him highly.
Mar 23, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Feb 27, 2013
Dr. Lowe is awesome in every way! He is our 18 year old daughter's hero. Her JA went under treated for more than 5 years leading to joint contractures and daily pain/suffering. Dr. Lowe immediately re...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Awesome! I am from Alabama and we don't always get the best PR, so it's nice when it's pointed out- the amazing level of medical care a pt can receive in B'Ham at Childr...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Had to wait 8 painful years to have my TLIF surgery. Most M.D.'s don't think a patient's back pain is bad until they have surgery.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, WA
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, WA
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Completed 2007

Awards

Award Recipient, Creative and Novel Ideas on HIV Research
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow,, Arthritis Foundation
Award Recipient, Kaul Pediatric Reseach Foundation

Affiliations

Member, American Association of Imunologists
Diplomate, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Pediatrics Section of American College of Rheumatology
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