Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
(JIA) may either speed or slow the natural growth process of the bones on either side of the
affected joint, causing uneven bone growth. Children who have JIA may not grow as
tall as they would have if they did not have the condition. The growth
differences depend on the child's age when the disease started and the number
of joints affected. The more joints involved in the disease, the more severe
The closer to puberty a child is when symptoms begin, the more likely
the child's height will be affected. JIA may also temporarily delay the
development of breasts and the growth of body hair.
June 5, 2012
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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