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What is rheumatology?

Physicians in this specialty treat children and adults with joint and connective tissue disease and musculoskeletal conditions that affect the muscles and bones. Rheumatologists also treat auto-immune disorders, conditions in which the immune system identifies the body’s own tissue as an invader and subsequently attacks it. Rheumatic disease may be caused by an underlying immune system deficiency and can be quite painful from the inflammation of tissue in the body.

If your child has chronic joint pain, fevers, or swelling, he or she may have a rheumatic condition that can be evaluated, diagnosed, and treated by a McLane Children's rheumatology physician.

What does a rheumatologist treat?

Our rheumatologists treat the following pediatric conditions:

  • Dermatomyositis, a muscle disorder with symptoms that include skin rashes and inflammation
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a form of arthritis found in children that can involve one or more joints in the body
  • Kawasaki Disease, an inflammation of the blood vessels that is a leading cause of heart disease in children
  • Scleroderma, a connective tissue disease marked by excessive collagen in the body that usually affects adults but can sometimes be found in children
  • Lupus, an autoimmune disorder with symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening

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