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ABOUT JIA

ABOUT JIA
What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)?
ABOUT JIA

What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?
Juvenile means arthritis began before you were 16 years old.
Idiopathic means that the cause is not known.
Arthritis means one or more of your joints is hot to touch and inflamed.

Types of JIA:

Oligoarticular
This is the most common type and involves arthritis in four or fewer joints. This type of arthritis has the hightest chance of developing Uveitis (inflammation of the eyes).

Polyarticular
This involves arthritis in five or more joints.

Systemic Onset JIA
This is characterised by the presence of high fevers, a rash and children with So-JIA are quite often ill with weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes and anemia. Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a rare and potentially lethal complication of systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis, resulting from uncontrolled activation and proliferation of T lymphocytes and macrophages.

Psoriatic Arthritis
This is another subtype of JIA in which a child has chronic arthritis and a skin rash called psoriasis which looks like a dry scaly rash.

Enthesitis-related Arthritis
In addition to chronic arthritis, these children have inflammation of structures such as ligaments around the joint.

Undifferentiated Arthritis
Sometimes young people don’t fit neatly into one group and the condition is defined as undifferentiated.

For more Information on JIA:

www.bspar.org.uk

www.enca.org

www.printo.it

iCAN SUPPORTs

Over one thousand children and teens in Ireland are diagnosed with JIA, with numbers growing daily. iCAN offers help through our online support network, fimly days out and information days.

iCAN INFORMS

iCAN helps parents, children and teens navigate life with JIA by providing information on JIA through our online support network, our patient packs and information days.

iCAN ADVOCATES

iCAN is working to get children in Ireland better access to rheumatological. Currently, Ireland is at the bottom of the EU for paediatric rheumatological care. Our children deserve better.

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