Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) - also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) or juvenile chronic arthritis is the most common type of persistent arthritis in children before the age of 16. It may be transient or chronic. Cause of this disease is not known yet but scientists believe that due to mistake immune system releases chemicals which cause inflammation. It attacks both sexes.
Symptoms may include lethargy and reduced physical activity alond with appetite. Also limping and flu symptoms are possible. Anyway swelling of the affected joint (or more joints) is the main symptom and oftenly affects knee, wrist, ankle and joints of hands and feet.
There are three main forms of JIA: Oligoarthritis, Polyarticular Arthritis and Systemic Arthritis.
Treatment for JIA usually consists of drug therapy and injections.