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Rheumatology

Arthritis knows no age

You’d be mistaken if you think arthritis is something only old people get. Children get it too, and it’s referred to as juvenile arthritis. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis—idiopathic means “from unknown causes”—is the most common.

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All are rheumatic diseases, and the study of arthritis is called rheumatology.

Pediatric rheumatologists at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital care for children and adolescents who have rheumatic diseases. The list of these diseases includes various forms of arthritis such as:
• Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA/JRA)
• Lyme arthritis
• Spondyloarthropathy syndromes
• Viral arthritis.

Our rheumatologists also treat various multisystem rheumatic diseases including:
• Behcet’s disease
• Dermatomyositis
• Lupus
• Mixed connective tissue disease
• Scleroderma

At University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, pediatric rheumatologists collaborate with other pediatric medical specialists—including ophthalmologists, dermatologists and orthopaedists—to offer a range of treatments made especially for your child. Ask your doctor to refer your child to us for an appointment, or call to make your own at 612-365-6777.
Many kinds of rheumatic disease

We provide specialty care including*:

• Infection-related arthritis (Lyme, post-infectious and viral)
• Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
– Enthesitis-related
– Oligoarticular
– Polyarticular
– Psoriatic
– Systemic
• Other rheumatic diseases
– Behcet’s disease
– Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes
– Dermatomyositis
– Mixed connective-tissue disease
– Periodic fever syndromes
– Relapsing polychondritis
– Scleroderma
– Sjogren’s syndrome
– Systemic lupus erythematosus
– Systemic vasculitis
• Other spondyloarthropathy (enthesitis-arthritis) syndromes
– Ankylosing spondylitis
– Arthritis of inflammatory bowel disease
– Reactive arthritis
 
Additional programs and services

• Full range of traditional oral and intravenous anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive therapies (including intravenous immunoglobulins, steroids, methotrexate and cyclophosphamide)
• Innovative subcutaneous and intravenous biologic response modifiers such as:
– Abatacept [Orencia]
– Adalimumab [Humira]
– Anakinra [Kineret]
– Etanercept [Enbrel]
– Infliximab [Remicade]
– Rituximab [Rituxan]
– Tocilizumab [Actemra]
• Intra-articular steroid injections
(joint injections)
• Occupational therapy
• Orthotics
• Physical therapy

*For definitions of medical terms, visit our health library or MedicinePlus

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