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

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology

In brief: No

Children under the age of 15 cannot get ra.
They get juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) which is also an autoimmune disease affecting the joints but very different in many respects. Even as older adults, they are adults with jia. Older teenagers can develop rheumatoid factor positive polyarticulatar jia that looks very similar to RA and may develop into a disease that looks similar to ra.

In brief: No

Children under the age of 15 cannot get ra.
They get juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) which is also an autoimmune disease affecting the joints but very different in many respects. Even as older adults, they are adults with jia. Older teenagers can develop rheumatoid factor positive polyarticulatar jia that looks very similar to RA and may develop into a disease that looks similar to ra.
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