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Can just a finger have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Can just a finger have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: Some children have pauciarticular arthritis. This means only 1-3 joints are affected. This may result in risk of eye changes more often than persons who have multiple joints affected. Labs and exam are needed to make a diagnosis of jra. There are also injuries that can later result in finger jt stiffness or swelling or decreased range of motion. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


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Can my finger have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Can my finger have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Very unlikely: A single finger is unlikely to be on the basis of ra. See a rheumatologist to be certain. ...Read more

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What will it be like living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for life?

Better control now: We have people in adulthood who have had jia also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It used to be called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. We have much better ways to control the jia and our patients can have great control of their symptoms. We can use biologics which can help control a lot and some people can actually come completely off their medications and go into remission. ...Read more

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Can someone diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis grow out of it?

Can someone diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis grow out of it?

No, not at all: There is no way to "outgrow" jra / jia. It can only be put into remission for periods of time from weeks to years, depending on what type of juvenile arthritis it is and how many joints were involved at the time of diagnosis. Kids with more active joints at diagnosis are more likely to flare more often when off meds. Until a cure is found, we work for remission with minimal flares of diease. ...Read more

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What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Immune dysfunction!: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx. ...Read more

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Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Not technically: Jra, now called jia (juvenile idiopathic arthritis), has several forms which are different from adult rheumatoid arthritis (ra). One form of jia has the same characteristics as adult RA with many joints involved and a positive rheumatoid factor on blood testing. This may persist into adulthood. Some doctors believe this is simply the adult RA starting in childhood. ...Read more

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How do you get diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you get diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: As always, the wisest course of action is to see your physician. He/she may refer you to a rheumatologist that will take a history, examine you and perform a number of tests, including blood work and possible x-rays. Based on this information, the rheumatologist will confirm the diagnosis and review treatment options. ...Read more

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What can be done for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: There are treatment options. You need to discuss them with your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are the statistics of having to use crutches or a wheelchair because of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ?

What are the statistics of having to use crutches or a wheelchair because of   juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ?

Numbers are changing: No accurate statistics exist due to the dramatic improvement in outcomes of treatment in this condition. In the past, many children ended in a debilitated condition. Modern drugs such as the biological response modifiers (enbrel, humira, etc.) have kept people out of wheelchairs and leading much better lives. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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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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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more