What are the treatment goals for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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The ultimate goals in managing rheumatoid arthritis are to prevent or control joint damage, to prevent loss of function, and to decrease pain. [1] These goals are particularly important in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), in which the rate of progression and the onset of debility can be rapid. JIA is a chronic disease characterized by periods of remission and flare. Treatment is aimed at inducing remission with the least toxicity from medications with hopes of inducing a permanent remission.


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