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Experience with a juvenile rheumatology clinic

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A dedicated monthly clinic for children with rheumatic diseases was established in order to cater for the increasing number of referrals to a rheumatology department for assessment and management. The clinic was staffed by a consultant rheumatologist, registrar, nurse, physiotherapist and occupational therapist. Seventy-four children, 44 girls and 30 boys, were assessed during the first 32 months. The mean age at referral was 10 years (range 2–15). Thirty-three had juvenile chronic arthritis. Other disease categories included dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus and reactive arthritis. Twenty-eight children were referred by general practitioners and 26 by paediatricians. Hospital admission was required by 24. These observations suggest the need in Ireland for a coordinated service for children with rheumtaic diseases.

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Yanni, G., Bresnihan, B. Experience with a juvenile rheumatology clinic. I.J.M.S. 160, 197–198 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02957311

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  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis