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Can you tell me about jra, or ra?

Can you tell me about jra, or ra?

Depends: Jra could affect few or several joints. Can affect eyes or could occur with fever and rash. Ra typically after age 16, bilateral symmetrical joint swelling with some lab abnormalities. ...Read more

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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Can a child get RA and not jra? Is there a distinction? Or is the j simply age related?

RA in child is JIA: Ra pattern in a child is one of the jia patterns of systemic inflammatory poly arthritis. Age makes it jia. Jra term has been changed to jia - juvenile idiopathic poly arthritis to encompass the many patterns that can occur. Jia can occur through age 15, most commonly ages 7 to 12. ...Read more

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My RA started as a jra.. Am i at a higher risk than other in dying early from RA or from the side effects of meds ! ?

My RA started as a jra.. Am i at a higher risk than other in dying early from RA or from the side effects of meds ! ?

Nope: The life expectancy and quality of life --- both have improved significantly with the use of dmards ( disease modifying agents like rituximaub etc). ...Read more

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Son had toxic synovitis of r hip in august. Now has similar symptoms in l hip. Could it be toxic synovitis again? Juvenile RA was not ruled out. Jra?

Possible: Difficult without a physical exam and further testing. It could be toxic synovitis along with other possibilities including, but not limited to, a fracture, jra, lupus, systemic infection, bone infection, dislocation, etc. Labs, xrays, and physical may be warranted depending on what the doctor sees. ...Read more

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My daughter is 14 suffering from joint pain. She has positive ana..Negatve ra...No rash...Doctors wont diagnose with jra because lack of warmth and swelling to joints. What else could be going on?

Joint pain only: There is no blood test that can diagnose juvenile idiopathic arthritis. A positive ANA means nothing for the diagnosis of jia. Child must have joint swelling on exam or active synovitis on an MRI of the joint that must be done with IV contrast (mri without contrast cannot detect active arthritis unless it is advanced). Kids with suspected jia should be evaluated by a pediatric rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How does systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis affect someone during adulthood if it is different from adult ra?

Autoinflammatory dis: Systemic jia/jra is actually an autoinflammatory disease rather than an autoimmune disease and is more similar to periodic fever syndromes than RA or jra. There's a problem with the innate immune system's triggering and control of inflammation, not a problem with mistakenly recognizing one's own proteins as foreign (like a virus). As such, Anakinra and steroids are most effective long term meds. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

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