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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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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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Child has JRA and says she can't get comfortable at night so she doesn't get sleep. It's partly pain but also can't get comfortable. Suggestions?

Child has JRA and says she can't get comfortable at night so she doesn't get sleep. It's partly pain but also  can't get comfortable. Suggestions?

Juvenile arthritis: Dear Haylee: joint stiffness, pain can vary daily in kids. Does your daughter has obvious swollen joints? Non-steroidals are the main-stay of pain management in kids with arthritis. For bed-time, relaxation techniques such a guided meditation can be very useful and children learn quickly. Heat can relieve pain so a warm bath before bed is good. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is great too! ...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?

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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Rheumo says it feels like my child's jaw is out of alignment and wants her to get MRI but what does that mean? She was recently diagnosed with jra

Best treatment: That is a frecuently affected joint in rheumatoidarthritis .Nidnshe has active disease probalynthe best tatment will be a local injection of triamcinolone. ...Read more

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Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune: 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 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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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?

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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