Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis l Episode 067


Episode summary introduction:

This has been a topic that has piqued my interest since I found out that a fellow schoolmate of mine was actually diagnosed with JA. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is actually a blanket diagnosis for 7 different forms of arthritis in children 16 and under. We will discuss each of those in just a minute.

Topic 1:

Types of JIA - These are categorized based on several different factors: Family history, labs work, number of joints affected and of course signs and symptoms.

Topic 2:

Treatment options are discussed.

Topic 3:

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy:

More than 70% of patients, not only in the US, but in Canada and New Zealand as well, have reported continual use of CAM therapy and 80-90% of parents would recommend use of CAM therapy to another parent for their child as well.

Outro:

Like with most rheumatological diseases, there is still much to be learned. Arthritis costs are astronomical, in 2013, the national cost was $304 billion.

References:

  1. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis#:~:text=Juvenile%20arthritis%20is%20the%20term,is%20usually%20an%20autoimmune%20disorder.

  2. https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/juvenile-arthritis

  3. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Juvenile-Arthritis

  4. https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/childhood.htm

  5. https://medlineplus.gov/juvenilearthritis.html

  6. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis/advanced#tab-types

  7. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/juvenile-arthritis/data-1

  8. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20374088

  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2424030/

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