Childhood Arthritis

Pediatric Rheumatology TrainingRheumatologic problems are not uncommon in children. They can present as wide variety of musculoskeletal complaints. Some of these are self-limiting whereas others are chronic, distressing and can be life-threatening too. Children are not just miniature adults and their problems need expertise in diagnosis as well as management. Unfortunately we have very few pediatric rheumatologists in India. Sports injuries are common in children. A nontraumatic swelling of joint in a child can be due to idiopathic arthritis, septic arthritis, rheumatic fever, inflammatory connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus or cancers such as acute leukemia.