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Arthritis can be a part of many different childhood illnesses, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), dermatomyositis (JDMS), scleroderma, and vasculitis. Children and teens with arthritis and other inflammatory and autoimmune disorders such as lupus, dermatomyositis, and vasculitis receive scientifically advanced, compassionate care from our internationally-recognized pediatric rheumatologists and our team of registered nurses. They work closely with physical therapists, occupational therapists, pain management specialists, social workers, child life therapists, ophthalmologists, gastroenterologists, and other pediatric subspecialists to provide comprehensive care to all children with rheumatic diseases. Our active involvement in national and international research initiatives ensures that our patients have access to the latest advances in therapy.
Our primary goal is for our patients to live normal, healthy, happy, and productive lives.  In the last 20 years, the care of children with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases has dramatically improved. Many extremely effective treatments are now available, and treatment options continue to expand.  We believe that the sooner the correct diagnosis is established and appropriate treatment begun, the better patients do in the long run. We strive to educate patients and families about their illness and how to manage it to help them return to their normal activities.
Arthritis can affect a child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. The team treatment approach that we offer helps children and teens with arthritis and other inflammatory and autoimmune disorders to deal with pain and other issues, and achieve normalized growth and development.

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Yukiko Kimura, M.D., Chief, Pediatric Rheumatology

What is Pediatric Rheumatology all about?  Learn how we care for children coping with rheumatology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.


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