How is the therapy success monitored in 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 success of therapy is monitored best with repeated physical examinations and history. The number of joints involved and the duration of morning stiffness should demonstrate continued decrease, with elimination reflecting success. Surgery may be indicated in patients who are unresponsive to medical therapy.


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