Juvenile Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

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Juvenile Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes
Objectives
– Learn what juvenile and rheumatoid arthritis are
– Identify the prevalence of JA/RA
– Explore the relationship of JA/RA and affiliated medications to mental health
– Identify interventions to assist people with JA/RA achieve their highest quality of life
Autoimmune Issues and Children
– Autoimmune disorders that occur in childhood include:
– Juvenile arthritis, which affects about 1 in 1,000 children
– Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, which affects 1 to 2 of every 400 children
– Celiac disease which impacts 1-3% of the population

What Is It-
– Juvenile arthritis (JA), or pediatric rheumatic disease, is an umbrella term to describe a set of inflammatory, usually autoimmune diseases that impact nearly 300,000 children under the age of 16.
– Some children with JIA have their disease go into permanent remission or only have one or two flare-ups
– More than 90 percent of patients with childhood RF-positive polyarthritis and more than half with RF-negative polyarthritis were diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as adults
– This┬ácondition is not directly inherited

What is It | JIA / JRA
– Systemic arthritis (rarest form), also called Still's disease usually starts between 5 and 10 y.o.a. can affect many systems of the body.
– High fever and a rash on the trunk, arms, and legs.
– Internal organs, such as the heart, liver, spleen, and lymph nodes, but usually not the eyes.
– Polyarthritis or oligoarthritis involves joints and sometimes uveitis or an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye.
– Symptoms include redness, pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and dark floating spots in the field of vision.

What is It | RA
– Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease that occurs in adults and can lead to long-lasting or chronic pain, unsteadiness (lack of balance), and deformity (misshapenness).
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