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What Do You Know About Juvenile Arthritis?

Arthritis is usually thought of as a disease that occurs later in life, but 1 child in every thousand develops a juvenile form of this illness. About 300,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA) or other rheumatic conditions, according to the American College of Rheumatology. Take this quiz to learn more.

1. When diagnosing JA, doctors look for joint inflammation that begins before age 16 and continues for at least 6 weeks.
2. Most forms of JA are autoimmune disorders.
3. Juvenile arthritis runs in families and is passed from one generation to the next.
4. JA comes in several types. The types are marked by the number of joints affected.
5. Limping in the morning may be the first sign of JA.
6. Symptoms of JA may come and go.
7. Doctors suspect JA when a child has joint pain or swelling that doesn't go away.
8. The overall goal of JA treatment is to control symptoms and stop joint damage from happening.
9. Children with JA should skip all sports.
Online Medical Reviewer: Adler, Liora C, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Bass, Pat F III, MD, MPH
Date Last Reviewed: 2/21/2016

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