What is the role of total hip and knee replacement in the treatment 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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Total hip and knee replacements provide excellent relief of pain and restore function in a functionally disabled child with debilitating disease.

The role of total hip replacement and total knee replacement in JIA is fraught with problems, however. Joint replacement is usually delayed until bone growth has completed, as indicated by epiphyseal closure.


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