Pediatric rheumatic diseases, is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. Pediatric rheumatic diseases affect at least 300,000 children in the United States*. That’s more than juvenile diabetes and cystic fibrosis combined. While adults can face a number of rheumatic diseases, they are different from the type that young children can contract.
The Pediatric Rheumatology Department at Winthrop Pediatric Associates provides comprehensive specialty care services for children and adolescents to diagnose, treat and medically manage a wide variety of diseases that affect the body’s connective tissue.
Rheumatic diseases are often complex and can affect the joints, muscles, bones and internal organs such as kidneys, lungs, blood vessels and brain.
If your child has complaints of pain in the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, bones, or tendons), other symptoms of arthritis (pain, swelling, warmth, decreased range of motion) or an autoimmune disorder, your pediatrician may recommend a pediatric rheumatologist.
Our pediatric rheumatologist team works with your pediatrician or family physician to evaluate and treat a variety of joint, muscle, and bone disorders, including the following:
- Juvenile Arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Kawasaki disease
- Post-infectious arthritis
- Hennoch-Schoenlein Purpura
- Chronic vasculitis
- Inflammatory disorders of the muscle (Dermatomyositis), eye (Uveitis), or other organs
- Autoimmune disorders
- Evaluation of prolonged fever
- Unexplained complaints of chronic musculoskeletal pain, weakness, poor appetite, fatigue, and/or loss of function or skills
- Unexplained symptoms such as a rash, anemia, weight loss, or joint swelling
*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, Arthritis Foundation