Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is NOT Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and rheumatoid arthritis are different conditions. Although they are both autoimmune types of arthritis, the optimal approach to treatment is often significantly different. JIA was originally called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). This has led to confusion, and when patients who were previously diagnosed with JIA transition to the care of an adult rheumatologist, they are often inappropriately reclassified as having rheumatoid arthritis because they are now adults. This can be dangerous because some of the treatments recommended for JIA and rheumatoid arthritis are different. For example, steroids are not effective for JIA and can cause unnecessa

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