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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

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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Why is my child's jra worse when she is sick or not feeling well?

Yes: Infections are a prime cause of flares of jia/jra (and many other autoimmune diseases as well). Activating or "turning on" the immune system during many infections results in the production of chemical signalling molecules in the body that likely also cause the bad or "confused" white blood cells to become more active and attack the joints. Stress can also alter immune function and trigger flares. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between jia and jra? Do they both have the same classifications as far as the different types?

Naming: JIA and JRA are the same thing. JRA is an older term, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. JIA is the current term, juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The name was changed from JRA to JIA to reflect that unlike adults with RA, most children have a negative rheumatoid factor blood test. ...Read more

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Why is it some kids with JRA are harder to treat than others? Some only require lil med while others need to up or change meds often?

Why is it some kids with JRA are harder to treat than others? Some only require lil med while others need to up or change meds often?

Subtypes: There are four subtypes in traditional JRA, namely, pauciarticular, polyarticular ( with and without RF-rheumatoid factor), and systemic-onset form. Among these subtypes, RF-positive polyarticular form has the highest potential to cause joint deformity and to carry the process way into adulthood. ...Read more

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6yr/o female diagnosed with enthesitis JIA what can you tell me about this kind of JRA? How likely is it that it will continue into adulthood?

JIA: Formally called JRA, Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis, specifically enthesitis-type, is diagnosed in late childhood, manifests in other parts of the body such as uveitis ( inflamm of the eyes), ankylosing spondylitis(Lower lumbar), and IBD (GI). This JIA affects the places where tendons attach to the bone (called entheses), causing inflammation. The disease is lifelong, remission rates range 17-37% ...Read more

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What is jra vs rheumatiod arthritis?

What is jra vs rheumatiod arthritis?

Different conditions: Children under the age of 16 cannot get ra. They get juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) which is also an autoimmune disease affecting the joints but very different in many respects. Even as older adults, they are adults with jia. Older teenagers can develop rheumatoid factor positive polyarticulatar jia that looks very similar to RA and may develop into a disease that looks similar to ra. ...Read more

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How do I explain to my 6 year old she has jra?

Truth: Tell her that it is a condition in which her body may react by causing whatever symptoms she has, thru no fault of hers.There is no known cause, but medicine helps to control and perhaps lead to remission.And , if everything works out, she will move on in life normally. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of uveitis in a child with jra?

Maybe no symptoms: Uveitis secondary to juvenile arthritis often produces no symptoms until it is far advanced and the first symptom is significant visual loss. The child needs routine ophthalmologic exams to screen for subclinical uveitis. ...Read more

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Which exercises for teens with jra are considered effective?

If there is: If there is neck involvement from jra, you do need to discuss with your child's rheumatologist before starting any exercise program. ...Read more

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Does jra always cause synovitis? If not how does that effect the jra?

Not always.: Still's disease or acute febrile jra may have little or no joint symptoms. It is still a form of jia. ...Read more

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What's the difference between extended oligoarticualr jra and polyarticular jra?

See details: Oligoarthritis means 4 or fewer joints involved, polyarthritis is greater than 4 joints involved. ...Read more