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Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid


Synonyms of Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid
  • JRA
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Pauciarticular-Onset Disease (Oligoarthritis)
  • Polyarticular-Onset Disease
  • Systemic-Onset Disease (Still?s Disease)


General Discussion
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a rheumatic disease characterized by chronic inflammation (arthritis) of one or more joints in a child age 16 years or younger. Associated symptoms typically include swelling, abnormal warmth, tenderness or pain, and/or stiffness of affected joints that tends to be worse in the mornings. In severe cases, destructive changes may eventually result in limited mobility and possible deformity of affected joints.

Some children with JRA may also have generalized symptoms and findings, such as fever, lack of appetite (anorexia), enlargement of the liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly), and/or other abnormalities. In addition, some forms of JRA are associated with an increased risk for inflammation of certain regions of the eyes (iridocyclitis). The range and severity of associated symptoms and findings may vary, depending upon the specific form of the disease present. The exact cause of JRA is not known.
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Organizations related to Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid
  • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
    22100 Gratiot Avenue
    Eastpointe MI 48021
    Phone #: 586-776-3900
    800 #: 800-598-4668
    e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
    Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
  • American Juvenile Arthritis Organization
    Arthritis Foundation, National Office
    Atlanta GA 30309
    Phone #: 404-872-7100
    800 #: 800-568-4045
    e-mail: help@arthritis.org
    Home page: http://www.arthritis.org
  • Arthritis Foundation
    1330 West Peachtree Street
    Atlanta GA 30309
    Phone #: 404-872-7100
    800 #: 800-568-4045
    e-mail: help@arthritis.org
    Home page: http://www.arthritis.org
  • Arthritis Society
    393 University Avenue
    Ontario Intl M5G IE6
    Phone #: 416-979-7228
    800 #: 800-321-1433
    e-mail: info@arthritis.ca
    Home page: http://www.arthritis.ca
  • AutoImmunity Community
    None
    None None None
    Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
    Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
  • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
    PO Box 4121
    Brick NJ 08723
    Phone #: 732-664-9259
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
    Home page: http://www.aininc.org
  • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
    c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
    Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
    Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: info@esid.org
    Home page: http://www.esid.org
  • International Stills Disease Foundation, Inc.
    1123 S. Kimbrel Ave.
    Panama City FL 32404-9007
    Phone #: 850-871-6656
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: stillsfoundation@stillsdisease.org
    Home page: http://www.stillsdisease.org
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles CA 90024
    Phone #: 310-264-0826
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
  • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
    1 AMS Circle
    Bethesda MD 20892-3675
    Phone #: 301-495-4484
    800 #: 877-226-4267
    e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info
  • Uveitis/OID Support Group
    5 Cambridge Center
    Cambridge MA 02142
    Phone #: 617-621-6377
    800 #: 866-353-6377
    e-mail: fosters@comcast.net
    Home page: http://www.uveitis.org



For a Complete Report

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