Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and causes

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and causes

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This is a type of rheumatoid arthritis that is seen in children below 16 years old. It is the inflammation of the joints or on the connective tissues along with swelling, redness and warmness in the area and it may last for more than 6 weeks. It may be associated with fever and lymph node swelling. It may at times affect the heart also.

Causes of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is an autoimmune disease where the immune system of the body produces antibodies against its own tissues and cells. This attack on the healthy tissues causes inflammation, swelling, redness, warmth and pain in the affected area. The genetic characters in the child play an important role in developing this disease. A child having a genetic marker gene transmitted from the family is more likely to get this disease. Environmental factors and infections are also found to trigger the immune system and there by producing the disease.

Difference between Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis in the adult may last for life while the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms may disappear after some time in most of the kids. The presence of rheumatoid factor in the blood is an indication of life long rheumatoid arthritis and it is common in around 80% of the adults having rheumatoid arthritis. While in kid with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis it is less common.

Symptoms of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

The symptoms of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis are recurring and the severity of the symptoms may be lessening in recurrent attacks.

1. High fever of about 103 degree or even higher. The fever may occur repetitively.

2. The child may have eye inflammation.

3. Pink colored rashes may appear but may soon disappear.

4. Stiffness of the joints and the pain are also the symptoms. There might be swelling in the inflamed area and even redness. The skin appears warmer.

5. Impaired growth and development of the bones and there might be disability to walk properly.

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