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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Occurs With Other Disease
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, highly likely: 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 disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied ways: There are many types of juvenile arthritis. It can attack the joints with pain and swelling as most likely. There is a form that affects the spine with pain and stiffness. It may also affect the eyes with inflammation. A more severe form can also cause damage to internal organs including the spleen and affect the blood counts significantly. Need careful medical attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the joints instead of fighting intruders like bacteria and viruses. Genetic factors play a role in risk for developing autoimmune diseases. Exposure to certain viruses may play a role as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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