Pediatric Rheumatic Disease is another name for Juvenile Arthritis (JA). JA is a term which encompasses many of the inflammatory and autoimmune conditions (pediatric rheumatic diseases) than can develop in children under 16 years of age. JA affects nearly 300,000 children in the U.S.
The common symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis are pain, joint swelling, redness, and warmth, but each type of JA has it's own distinct symptoms and concerns. Some types of Juvenile Arthritis can involve the eyes, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and muscles. Other types affect the musculoskeletal system and joint symptoms may be minor or nonexistent.
To learn more about the various types of Juvenile Arthritis, as well as the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment check out the information on the Arthritis Foundation website.