Reports From National Arthritis Meeting
Below are perspectives on key reports presented at the recent national meeting of the American College of Rheumatology:
Arthritis in children is referred to as juvenile arthritis. Arthritis affects approximately 1 child in every 1,000 in a given year. Fortunately, most of these cases are mild. However, approximately 1 child in every 10,000 will have more severe arthritis that doesn't just go away. Many children have what is called an acute reactive arthritis following a viral or bacterial infection. This arthritis is often quite severe for a brief period, but usually disappears within a few weeks or months. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is the most common type of arthritis that persists for months or years at a time.