JRA: General Clinical Findings


- See:
      - Cervical Spine in JRA
      - Upper Extremity: JRA

- Discussion:
    - joints may appear worse than they feel;
    - joint effusion may be only finding;
    - child may walk on affected joint, despite swelling, warmth, & limitation of motion;
    - there is greater ROM & less pain than seen w/ septic arthritis or trauma;
          - disuse atrophy & weakness of adjacent muscles may be present;
    - this disease differs from adult RA in the following respects
          - arthritis is generally less destructive;
          - more often involves cervical spine;
          - fever, rash, leucocytosis, and lymphadenopathy with splenomegaly are common features;
          - nodules are rare;
          - pericarditis is common;
          - iridiocyclitis occurs in about 8% of pts, and may be severe, leading to impairment of vision;
    - growth retardation due to steroid treatment;
    - hyperemia, disuse, and steroids lead to osteoporosis
    - osteoporosis of JRA means that bone may be extemely fragile.
    - failure of jaw development and stiffness of the TM joint may compound difficult intubation.



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:22 pm