Pediatric rheumatology primarily involves diseases caused by inappropriate inflammation.
Arthritis is a common feature of many rheumatologic diseases. Other features may include unexplained fevers, various dermatologic conditions (rashes, photo sensitivity, severe acne, pigmentary changes), muscle weakness, weight loss, recurring redness in the eyes, recurring mouth sores, inflammation around the heart and or lungs (pericarditis/pleuritis), anemia, thrombocytopenia (low platelets) and leukopenia (low white blood cells).
Our pediatric rheumatology specialist did a fellowship, meaning under going additional training, to be able to successfully diagnose and manage pediatric rheumatic diseases. A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation precedes a specific treatment plan to help the child resume normal activities.
Why choose Geisinger for pediatric rheumatology care?
- Family-centered care: Juvenile arthritis affects the entire family. To help, we involve your whole family in medical planning and decision-making. We want every member to feel empowered to help make a difference.
- Individualized treatment plans: A treatment plan is most effective if the family understands the disease, the reason for the treatment and the goal of the therapy.
- Collaborative diagnosis and treatment: Rheumatologic diseases often require input from other specialties to provide optimal care:
Pediatric rheumatology conditions and treatments
Our pediatric rheumatologists have extensive training to diagnose and treat the musculoskeletal pain and inflammation known as juvenile arthritis.
- Arthritis associated with Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Juvenile dermatomyositis
- Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
- Juvenile lupus
- Juvenile scleroderma
- Kawasaki disease
- Lyme disease
- Medications, oral or injection
- Nutritional counseling
- Occupational therapy
- Pediatric vasculitis diseases
- Physical therapy
- Uveitis, or inflammation of the eye