When should one visit a Pediatric rheumatologist?

Pediatric rheumatologist would be the right person to visit for diagnosis, treatment and follow up for the following conditions.

  • Joint pains, muscle or bone pains
  • Arthritis including  Juvenile idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM)
  • Systemic sclerosis or scleroderma
  • Localized sclerosis (Scleroderma)
  • Autoinflammatory disorders (including PFAPA, TRAPS, Hyper IgD syndrome, Cryopyrin associated periodic fever syndromes)
  • Vasculitis (including Kawasaki disease, Polyarteritis Nodosa, Takayasu disease, HSP etc)
  • Prolonged or recurrent fever without a known cause (Fever of unknown origin)
  • Generalized or regional pain syndromes (Fibromyalgia, Complex regional pain amplification syndrome)
  • Infections/ inflammatory conditions of bones and joints 
  • Uveitis (inflammatory diseases of the eyes)
"Ask not what disease the person has, but rather what person the disease has"
Sir William Osler, FRS, FRCP