Conditions and Treatments from the Samara Jan Turkel Clinical Center

Autoimmune Diseases

If it weren’t for the immune system—the human body’s natural defense against outside invaders—we would be sick all the time. This complex network of cells, organs and molecules fights off things like

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Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis

Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis (JAS) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine and the sites where the muscles, tendons and ligaments are attached to bone. JAS strikes young people, typically

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Juvenile Dermatomyositis

"Even though juvenile dermatomyositis is rare and can be serious, most children we treat can go into full remission." --Susan Kim, MD, MMSc, Children's rheumatologist It’s often not until a rash

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Lyme Disease

"Individualized evaluation is the optimal approach for treating a patient with Lyme disease. Most cases of Lyme disease resolve with a finite course of antibiotics.” --Catherine Lachenauer, MD, Boston

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Pediatric Fibromyalgia and Musculoskeletal Pain

We may not like it, but we need pain: It acts as an early warning system that something is causing or may cause damage to the body. If your child has a chronic condition known as fibromyalgia, though,

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Pediatric Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus)

Like all autoimmune diseases, lupus causes the immune system—our natural protection against foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria—to mistakenly attack the body itself. What makes lupus unusual,

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Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is a systemic immune disease that affects the joints, skin, heart, blood, vessels, and brain. Rheumatic fever may develop after your child is infected with strep throat or scarlet

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Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that results in granulomas, which are small, rounded growths consisting of blood vessels, cells and connective tissue. These granulomas invade different parts of

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Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune condition that leads to scarring of the skin, joints, and other internal organs. In the United States, about one in 1,000 people are affected. While found among all

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