Arthritis

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ABOUT THE SPECIAL NEED:

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA): is often referred to by doctors today as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), is a type of arthritis that causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than six weeks in a child aged 16 or younger. In addition, children may have low energy due to anemia and acute fever.  It can also affect the heart, lungs, eyes, and nervous system. The symptoms can recur, but usually, they are not as severe.  

 

Cause: (Idiopathic means an unknown cause) Doctors do not know why a child develops JRA.  They think that there possibly could be an alteration in their genetic makeup or due to an outside trigger such as a virus.  

NUMBER OF CHILDREN/PEOPLE AFFECTED: JRA affects 50,000 children below the age of 16

TREATMENT: See your pediatrician