Pediatric Rheumatology Hero

Pediatric Rheumatology

Pediatric rheumatic diseases are chronic conditions that affect a child’s growth, development, physical function and quality of life. Children are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as parents search for answers. These diseases can be challenging to diagnose, and parents may find them difficult to manage.

Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing long-term issues or disabilities.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital can diagnose and treat complex rheumatic diseases, including:
  • Enthesitis (inflammation causing joint pain and stiffness)
  • Fibromyalgia (a condition causing widespread pain, sleep problems and fatigue)
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis (an inflammatory disease that causes muscle inflammation and a skin rash)
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (the most common type of arthritis in children under age 16)
  • Linear scleroderma (a progressive loss of subcutaneous fat with pigment changes in the skin) and morphea (a skin condition causing discolored patches on the skin)
  • Lyme arthritis
  • Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)
  • Periodic fever syndromes (diseases that cause fevers without an infectious cause)
  • Mytosis and polymyositis (inflammation of the muscles)
  • Reactive arthritis (joint pain and swelling triggered by an infection in another part of the body)
  • Sarcoidosis (growth of inflammatory cells)
  • Spondyloarthritis (arthritis conditions that affect the spine and nearby joints)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus, the most common type of lupus (an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks healthy tissue)
  • Systemic sclerosis (abnormal hardening of body tissue)
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
The clinical care team at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital is committed to providing high-quality medical care to children and adolescents who are diagnosed with pediatric rheumatic diseases in a family-centered environment. The team focuses on providing comprehensive treatment to patients, education to patients and parents alike, and follow-up care throughout the lifetime as patients grow up.

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