What do patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) present with?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Arthritis must be present for 6 weeks before the diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can be made. Disease onset is either insidious or abrupt, with morning stiffness or gelling phenomenon (ie, stiffness after long periods of sitting or inactivity) being a frequent complaint and arthralgia occurring during the day. A morning limp that improves with time may be noted, and a toddler may no longer stand in the crib in the morning or after naps.


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