What are the signs and symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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History findings in children with JIA may include the following:

  • Arthritis present for at least 6 weeks before diagnosis (mandatory for diagnosis of JIA)

  • Either insidious or abrupt disease onset, often with morning stiffness or gelling phenomenon and arthralgia during the day

  • Complaints of joint pain or abnormal joint use

  • History of school absences or limited ability to participate in physical education classes

  • Spiking fevers occurring once or twice each day at about the same time of day

  • Evanescent rash on the trunk and extremities

  • Psoriasis or more subtle dermatologic manifestations

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