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What Do You Know About Juvenile Arthritis?

Arthritis is usually thought of as a disease that occurs later in life, but one child in every thousand develops a juvenile form of this illness. About 300,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis or other rheumatic conditions, according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Take this quiz to learn more.

1. Joint inflammation that begins before age 16 and continues for at least six weeks is the hallmark of juvenile arthritis.
2. Most forms of juvenile arthritis are autoimmune disorders.
3. JIA is a hereditary disease, passed from one generation to the next.
4. JIA comes in several types, generally defined by the number of joints involved.
5. Limping in the morning may be the first sign of JIA.
6. Symptoms of JIA may come and go.
7. Doctors suspect JIA when a child has persistent joint pain or swelling, unexplained skin rashes, and fever.
8. The overall goal of JIA treatment is to control symptoms and prevent joint damage.
9. Children with JIA should skip all extracurricular activities.