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

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Enthesitis-related arthritis, or pediatric spondyloarthropathy, is characterized by periods of inflammation of tendons and ligaments, particularly at the area of insertion into bone (entheses). Often, children and adolescents with spondyloarthropathy present with arthritis, making the distinction between subtypes difficult. Furthermore, children occasionally develop a disease that appears to be a combination of the 2 diseases.

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