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  1. Research article

    Muscle MRI at the time of questionable disease flares in Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM)

    The course of JDM has improved substantially over the last 70 years with early and aggressive treatments. Yet it remains difficult to detect disease flares as symptoms may be mild; signs of rash and muscle wea...

    Rabheh Abdul-Aziz, Chack-Yung Yu, Brent Adler, Sharon Bout-Tabaku, Katherine E. Lintner, Melissa Moore-Clingenpeel and Charles H. Spencer

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:25

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Health-related quality of life among Swedish children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: parent–child discrepancies, gender differences and comparison with a European cohort

    This study investigates gender differences in self-reports and between parent and child reports in Health-related Quality of Life (HRQOL), measured with disease-specific and generic instruments for chronic dis...

    Veronica Lundberg and Catharina Eriksson

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:26

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  3. Regular article

    BK viruria and viremia in children with systemic lupus erythematosus

    BK virus (BKV) is a ubiquitous polyoma virus that lies dormant in the genitourinary tract once acquired in early childhood. In states of cellular immunodeficiency, the virus can reactivate to cause hemorrhagic...

    Nirupama Gupta, Cuong Q. Nguyen, Renee F. Modica, Melissa E. Elder and Eduardo H. Garin

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:21

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Ultrasound-guided steroid tendon sheath injections in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a 10-year single-center retrospective study

    The aims of this study were to: (a) Identify tendon sheaths most commonly treated with steroid injections in a pediatric patient population with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA); (b) Describe technical aspe...

    Shannon E. Peters, Ronald M. Laxer, Bairbre L. Connolly and Dimitri A. Parra

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:22

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  5. Research article

    Radiographic damage in hands and wrists of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis after 29 years of disease duration

    There are few studies on radiographic outcome after long-term disease duration in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). We wanted to evaluate 29-year radiographic outcome in hands/wrists and predictors of damag...

    Anne M. Selvaag, Eva Kirkhus, Lena Törnqvist, Vibke Lilleby, Hanne A. Aulie and Berit Flatø

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:20

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  6. Research article

    ASAS definition for sacroiliitis on MRI in SpA: applicable to children?

    The Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) definition for a ‘positive’ Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for sacroiliitis is well studied and validated in adults, but studies about the val...

    Nele Herregods, Joke Dehoorne, Filip Van den Bosch, Jacob Lester Jaremko, Joke Van Vlaenderen, Rik Joos, Xenofon Baraliakos, Gaëlle Varkas, Koenraad Verstraete, Dirk Elewaut and Lennart Jans

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:24

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  7. Regular article

    Pilot study comparing the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Consensus Treatment Plans

    To assess the feasibility of studying the comparative effectiveness of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) consensus treatment plans (CTPs) for systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthr...

    Yukiko Kimura, Sriharsha Grevich, Timothy Beukelman, Esi Morgan, Peter A. Nigrovic, Kelly Mieszkalski, T Brent Graham, Maria Ibarra, Norman Ilowite, Marisa Klein-Gitelman, Karen Onel, Sampath Prahalad, Marilynn Punaro, Sarah Ringold, Dana Toib, Heather Van Mater…

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:23

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  8. Case report

    Munchausen by proxy syndrome mimicking systemic autoinflammatory disease: case report and review of the literature

    Systemic autoinflammatory diseases (SAIDs) represent a growing number of monogenic, polygenic or multifactorial disorders that are often difficult to diagnose.

    Helmut Wittkowski, Claas Hinze, Sigrid Häfner-Harms, Vinzenz Oji, Katja Masjosthusmann, Martina Monninger, Ulrike Grenzebach and Dirk Foell

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:19

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  9. Review

    Methods for analyzing observational longitudinal prognosis studies for rheumatic diseases: a review & worked example using a clinic-based cohort of juvenile dermatomyositis patients

    Most outcome studies of rheumatic diseases report outcomes ascertained on a single occasion. While single assessments are sufficient for terminal or irreversible outcomes, they may not be sufficiently informat...

    Lily Siok Hoon Lim, Eleanor Pullenayegum, Rahim Moineddin, Dafna D Gladman, Earl D Silverman and Brian M Feldman

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:18

    Published on: 29 March 2017

  10. Research article

    Missed opportunities for timely diagnosis of pediatric lupus in South Africa: a qualitative study

    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a serious multisystem autoimmune disease, which is more aggressive in children and people of African descent. In South Africa, pediatric SLE (pSLE) patients are at high ri...

    Laura B. Lewandowski, Melissa H. Watt, Laura E. Schanberg, Nathan M. Thielman and Christiaan Scott

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:14

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Psoriasis and associated variables in classification and outcome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis - an eight-year follow-up study

    To study the impact of psoriasis and features associated with psoriasis on classification and outcome in a population-based follow-up cohort of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

    Maria Ekelund, Kristiina Aalto, Anders Fasth, Troels Herlin, Susan Nielsen, Ellen Nordal, Suvi Peltoniemi, Marite Rygg, Marek Zak and Lillemor Berntson

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:13

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  12. Research article

    TLR4 rs41426344 increases susceptibility of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in a central south Chinese Han population

    The aim of the study was to determine whether polymorphisms in toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) confer susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in a central south Chinese Han...

    Yan Wang, Lianghui Chen, Fang Li, Meihua Bao, Jie Zeng, Ju Xiang, Huaiqing Luo, Jianming Li and Liang Tang

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:12

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  13. Short report

    A comparison of three treatment strategies in recent onset non-systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: initial 3-months results of the BeSt for Kids-study

    Combination therapy with prednisone or etanercept may induce earlier and/or more improvement in disease activity in Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drug (DMARD) naïve non-systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthriti...

    P. C. E. Hissink Muller, D. M. C. Brinkman, D. Schonenberg, Y. Koopman-Keemink, I. C. J. Brederije, W. P. Bekkering, T. W. Kuijpers, M. A. J. van Rossum, L. W. A. van Suijlekom-Smit, J. M. van den Berg, C. F. Allaart and R. ten Cate

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:11

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  14. Research article

    “HLA-G 3′UTR gene polymorphisms and rheumatic heart disease: a familial study among South Indian population”

    Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an autoimmune disease where cross reactive CD4+ T cells are involved in the pathogenesis of valvular damage. Human Leukocyte Antigen-G (HLA-G), an immunosuppressive molecule playi...

    Maheshkumar Poomarimuthu, Sivakumar Elango, Sambath Soundrapandian and Jayalakshmi Mariakuttikan

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:10

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  15. Research article

    Establishing percentile charts for hip joint capsule and synovial cavity thickness in apparently healthy children

    The usefulness of musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MSUS) in paediatric population is limited by lack of reference values. One of such parameters is hip joint capsule thickness, postulated as an early measure f...

    Zbigniew Żuber, Aleksander Owczarek, Małgorzata Sobczyk, Agata Migas-Majoch, Dorota Turowska-Heydel, Agnieszka Sternal, Justyna Michalczak and Jerzy Chudek

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:8

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  16. Research article

    Spectrum of paediatric rheumatic diseases in Nigeria

    Paediatric rheumatology service in Sub-Sahara African is virtually not available as there is a shortage of paediatric rheumatologists and other rheumatology health professionals. We aim to describe the clinica...

    Babatunde Hakeem Olaosebikan, Olufemi Oladipo Adelowo, Barakat Adeola Animashaun and Richard Oluyinka Akintayo

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:7

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  17. Research article

    Endothelial function in children with a history of henoch schonlein purpura

    Although Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is the most common form of systemic vasculitis in children, the long term effect of HSP on endothelial function is still not clear. The aim of our study was to evaluate ...

    Yonatan Butbul Aviel, Lotem Dafna, Giora Pilar and Riva Brik

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:3

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  18. Research article

    The spectrum of rheumatic in-patient diagnoses at a pediatric hospital in Kenya

    Pediatric rheumatic diseases are chronic illnesses that can cause considerable disease burden to children and their families. There is limited epidemiologic data on these diseases in East Africa. The aim of th...

    Angela Migowa, Inés Colmegna, Carol Hitchon, Eugene Were, Evelyn Ng’ang’a, Thomas Ngwiri, John Wachira, Sasha Bernatsky and Rosie Scuccimarri

    Pediatric Rheumatology 2017 15:4

    Published on: 14 January 2017

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