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Juvenile arthritis

Names

Juvenile arthritis
Juvenile chronic arthritis
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
JRA

Description

A rheumatic disease in children that causes loss of function due to inflammation of the joints.
 

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Prevalence

Unknown
Source: Orphanet

Typical Age of onset

16 years or younger

Symptoms

  • Pain. While your child might not complain of joint pain, you may notice that he or she limps — especially first thing in the morning or after a nap.
  • Swelling. Joint swelling is common but is often first noticed in larger joints such as the knee.
  • Stiffness. You might notice that your child appears clumsier than usual, particularly in the morning or after naps.
  • Fever, swollen lymph nodes and rash. In some cases, high fever, swollen lymph nodes or a rash on the trunk may occur — which is usually worse in the evenings.