oa South African Medical Journal - Juvenile idiopathic arthritis flare due to rice bodies in the knee of a 10-year-old girl - in practice - case report

Volume 108 Number 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A 10-year-old girl with juvenile idiopathic arthritis in remission presented with a flare of her arthritis. All her joints responded to treatment except the right knee, despite the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and high-dose cortisone. A magnetic resonance imaging scan showed a knee densely packed with rice bodies. After surgical removal of the rice bodies the inflammation settled once again, and the patient remains well on her usual medication.

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