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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)

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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Pediatrician is almost certain my 5 year old has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Can a child have RA with the pain, but no swelling?

Yes: There are a number of criteria used to make the diagnosis.....As long as your doctor is using these standard criteria, he/she is probably correct. You can look them up on the internet viat the american arthritis foundation. ...Read more

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I have jra (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) and my back has been hurting me. What can I do?

I have jra (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) and my back has been hurting me. What can I do?

You need to see MD: You are 34 years old has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since you were a child you are having back pain, we can not answer your question without knowing what meds you have taken or are taking.You can take any anti inflammatory meds for pain like Motrin or naprosyn (naproxen) for relief and follow up with your rheamatologist. ...Read more

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What are my chances of going blind with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

Small: First, you need to know which type of jra (a.K.A. Jia or juvenile idiopathic arthritis) you have as the risk of eye disease varies with the different types. Even if you are in a category of increased risk, the chance of blindness is small with proper screening and follow-up. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism? I've had a history of JRA- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism? I've had a history of JRA- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Hypothyroid: The typical symptoms are constipation, poor hair and nail growth, fatigue and temperature imbalance ( intolerant of the cold) but you should ask your doctor to measure your blood ...Read more

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What causes hair loss in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

What causes hair loss in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

The medecation used: About 20% of patients using Methotrexate could have side effects. They include nausea and vomiting, rash, mild hair loss, headache, mouth sores, and muscle aches. ...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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What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

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 more

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis criteria pls?

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis criteria pls?

Joint swelling >6wks: Jia/jra - general guide 1. Age of onset <16 yr 2. Arthritis (swelling or excess joint fluid), or 2 or more of these: less than full range of motion, tenderness or pain on motion, & increased warmth in at least 1 joint 3.Above signs (seen by doc)for > 6wks 4.Type seen in first 6 mo: a.Polyarthritis: ≥5 inflamed joints b.Oligoarthritis: 4 or fewer joints c.Systemic -fever, arthritis 5.No other cause. ...Read more

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How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Many ways!: First, it is no longer called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but juvenile idiopathic arthritis, because it is not rheumatoid arthritis in children! there are so many treatments available, using several meds in tandem as therapy. It is almost always remittable. See a rheumatology specialist! ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

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