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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis. There is no foolproof test for whether your child has JIA, which can be frustrating when you want to know so badly what is making your child ill. But the good news is that the doctors who specialize in joint problems, called rheumatologists, can often diagnose JIA by going through your child’s medical history and doing a thorough physical exam.
They may also carry out some blood tests to help determine the type of JIA your child has, or to rule other illnesses. Among the most commonly used tests are:
Sometimes, doctors want to take a closer look at your child’s actual bones and joints -- either to rule out things like infections, tumors and fractures, or to see what changes JIA may be causing. To do this, they might use such imaging tests as:
But remember: As a parent, you also have a vital part to play in the diagnostic process. When you first meet with your child’s rheumatologist, it’s helpful to bring a list that includes detailed descriptions of your child’s symptoms, any medical problems your child has had or that run in your family, and any medications or supplements your child is taking.
After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. Then we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.
When to seek medical advice
If your child has stiffness or swelling in her joints for more than a few weeks -- with or without fever -- it could be a sign of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. You should make an appointment right away with your child’s pediatrician, who will then make a referral to a rheumatologist if JIA is suspected.
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