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CLINICAL AND SEROLOGICAL FINDINGS IN JUVENILE PATIENTS WITH IDIOPATHIC ARTHRITIS IN SOUTH WEST OF IRAN

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 Introduction: The purpose of this study was to describe clinical features and serological findings of CHILDREN with idiopathic ARTHRITIS in South West of IRAN.Materials and Methods: This descriptive study included 60 patients with juvenile idiopathic ARTHRITIS who were referred to a pediatric rheumatology clinic at a university hospital during 6-month period. Initial manifestations, first laboratory tests and clinical course of patients were reviewed.Results: Sixty CHILDREN (32 boys and 28 girls) with idiopathic ARTHRITIS ranged in age from 1.5 to 16 years. The mean age at the first presentation was 4.92+3.68 years. OligoARTHRITIS was the most common subtype in 27 (45%), followed by systemic-onset in 17 (28.3%) and polyARTHRITIS in 16 (26.7%) of patients. The most commonly involved joints were knee 53 (88.3%), ankle 28 (46.6%) and wrist 27 (45%). UVEITIS was detected in two patients, and positivity for antinuclear antibody (ANA) titer was revealed in one patient.Conclusions: In this study, the pattern of most clinical features in different subtypes of juvenile idiopathic ARTHRITIS resembles to other studies. Positive ANA was less; however, the low numbers of IRANian patients with UVEITIS was noteworthy.

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