oa South African Family Practice - Paediatric arthritides : review article
Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2005;47(6) 14 CPD Introduction Children with joint disease frequently present with relatively non-specific symptoms, such as aches, limps, pains in joints and limbs, fever and rashes. Correct diagnosis rests on the careful interpretation of symptoms and signs and a knowledgeable understanding of the differential diagnosis. Rheumatic conditions - those joint diseases mediated by autoimmuneinduced inflammatory changes - tend to be chronic or recurrent. The time required to make a correct diagnosis of these conditions provides space to rule out infectious causes of arthritis, to investigate the child for other potentially serious conditions and to identify those children ..
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