Systemic polyarthritis

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Systemic polyarthritis

Systemic polyarthritis is a special case of systemic arthritis. Systemic arthritis is a less common and more severe form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis affecting children under 16 years old. It constitutes of only 10 to 15 percent of children affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Systemic means it affects many parts of the body, rather than just the joints and polyarthritis means it causes arthritis in five or more joints. It can target a child’s internal organs as well as the joints. Systemic arthritis is usually autoimmune, meaning your body’s immune system, which usually protects your health by attacking foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, mistakenly attacks your joints.

Systemic arthritis occurs in boys and girls equally and frequently starts in children under five years of age. It can cause high, spiking fevers of 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, lasting for weeks or even months. It may also cause a rash consisting of pale, red spots on the child’s chest, thighs and sometimes other parts of the body.

This is the most difficult type of childhood arthritis to diagnose as it has similar symptoms to other illnesses such as measles, meningitis and leukaemia. Some children recover after one bout of systemic arthritis and suffer no long-term problems. Others will have repeat flare-ups for several years. Some go on to develop polyarthritis without further fever attacks.

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The terms "Systemic polyarthritis" returned 1 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Chronic polyarthritis as the first manifestation of childhood systemic polyarteritis nodosa.
 

Author(s): Glaucia Vanessa Novak, Koken Hayashi, Kohei Sampa, Yosuke Okumura, Gabriela Ribeiro Viola Ferreira, Clovis Artur Silva

Journal: Einstein (Sao Paulo). ;15(1):96-99.

 

Arthritis has been reported as an acute pattern, generally evanescent with oligoarthritis, mostly affecting knees and ankles in childhood systemic polyarteritis nodosa. However, chronic polyarthritis with morning stiffness mimicking juvenile idiopathic arthritis has not been reported. ...

Last Updated: 26 Apr 2017

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The terms "Systemic polyarthritis" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Seronegative polyarthritis as severe systemic disease.
 

Author(s): A P Rozin, T Hasin, K Toledano, L Guralnik, A Balbir-Gurman

Journal: Neth J Med. 2010 Jun;68(6):236-41.

 

Severe extra-articular disease is associated with high levels of rheumatoid factor (RF ) in patients with seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA ) and a poor prognosis. It is said that patients with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis have a more benign course and less destructive disease. ...

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2010

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Abatacept for SLE Arthritis (IM101-330)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 12 May 2016

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Denosumab for Glucocorticoid-treated Children With Rheumatic Disorders
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Osteoporosis; Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis; Dermatomyositis; Polyarthritis; Systemic Lupus Erythematosis; Vasculitis; Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis

 

Last Updated: 16 Aug 2017

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