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What are the symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA)?

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) may cause fever and anemia, and can also affect the heart, lungs, eyes, and nervous system. Arthritic episodes can last for several weeks and may recur, although the symptoms tend to be less severe during later recurrent attacks. Treatment is similar to that for adults, with an additional heavy emphasis on physical therapy and exercise to keep growing bodies active. Many of the strong medicines used for adults, though, aren't usually needed for JRA. Permanent damage from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is now rare, and most affected children recover from the disease fully without experiencing any lasting disabilities.

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 30, 2019

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 30, 2019

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