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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune medical condition in kids characterized by persistent arthritis. Symptoms include flu-like illness, pain, limping, and ...Read more


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Can u die from JRA?

Can u die from JRA?

Indirectly, yes: Because it is not just arthritis but a group of diseases that can attack other organs, then death can result from it. Treatment has improved but it is potentially lethal when vital organs are involved. Go to emedicinehealth.com for more info or just type in JRA in search engine. It brings up a plethora of web sites and info. Systemic JRA is very painful, but treatable and mostly non-lethal ...Read more

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Why do some kids get jra?

Why do some kids get jra?

Most are not JRA!: Jra is an oxymoron, for the most part. Most children have what is now called "juvenile idiopathic arthritis, " which usually are forms of adult spondyloarthropathies in children. My studies (see rheumatology, supplement 1, january 2012, oxford press). Children usually had multiple hla types associated with these diseases, perhaps making them more susceptible. Few are ccp+, a marker for true ra! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have JRA?

Juvenile arthritis: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.The cause of JRA is not known. It is thought to be an autoimmune illness. This means the body attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. It is the most common type of arthritis in children under the age of 16 that damages and eventually destroys the joints of the body.The ongoing inflammation may limit the mobility of affected joints. ...Read more

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Can a child with jra/jia receive ssi?

JRA/JIA: Jra is not considered a disability unless permanent joint deformity happens- limiting the patient's mobility. Hence no ssi for jra with no joint deformity. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for jra?

Ask a rheumatologist: A rheumatologist can send you to a special physical or occupational therapist to treat your particular manifestations of the disease. ...Read more

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What can cause similar symptoms of jia/jra?

Other conditions: JIA causes joint pain and swelling. Other conditions that can cause joint pain and swelling include Lyme disease, lupus, and vasculitis. Pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia can cause joint pain. ...Read more

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Is there a chance of a child outgrowing jra?

Is there a chance of a child outgrowing jra?

Yes: Jra is divided into different types depending on the number of joints involved and whether the child has recurrent fever and a rash. Some types such as pauciarticular (fewer than five joints involved) jra resolve in over 50 percent of cases. The prognosis in all types is much improved given modern medicines that can help prevent long term problems in this disease. ...Read more

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How can the family help a child live well with jra?

Autoimmune: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. Joint deformity and dysfunction can result from the damage caused by the dysfunctional immune system rheumatologists can provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment which often entails immune suppressants. ...Read more

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