What is the prognosis 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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Advances in treatment over the last 20 years—especially the introduction of early use of intra-articular steroids, methotrexate, and biologic medications—have dramatically improved the prognosis for children with arthritis. Almost all children with JIA lead productive lives. However, many patients, particularly those with polyarticular disease, may have problems with active disease throughout adulthood, with sustained remission attained in a minority of patients.


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