The most important steps in diagnosing
juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are the medical
history and physical exam. Your child's doctor may ask some
of the following questions:
The physical exam generally is not painful and
A history and physical exam are a routine part of the
evaluation of joint pain and stiffness. JIA is diagnosed only after a careful
physical exam and medical history.
During the physical exam, the doctor will
Using the above information, your doctor may be able
to clarify the diagnosis and the type of JIA. In many cases, your
child may have symptoms for up to 6 months before the type of arthritis is
The diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) requires
ruling out other conditions. Information from the medical history and physical
exam is very important to evaluate possible causes of symptoms and to
select the best tests to rule out other conditions.
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June 5, 2012
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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