Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Management in Children

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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is essentially a diagnosis of exclusion and therefore a high index of suspicion for other differential diagnoses is necessary. The chief differentials for a swollen joint will be infection (septic arthritis or osteomyelitis), malignancy (particularly leukaemia or bone tumours) and trauma.

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