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i have joint pain! could this be juvenile arthritis?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes and no: Juvenile arthritis (ja) is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. Arthritis typically affects joints -- the word “arthritis” literally means joint inflammation: arth (joint) and itis (inflammation) – but ja can involve the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as well.
Dr. Paul Rosen
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
Joint pain and JA: Juvenile arthritis is defined as a child under 16 years old who has arthritis for greater than 6 weeks. Arthritis is diagnosis by physical exam demonstrating joint stiffness, swelling, and pain. There are other causes of joint pain that may not be due to arthritis.

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