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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Pediatric Rheumatology: Conditions We Treat

Physicians at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital specialize in the detection and treatment of rheumatic diseases in infants, children and teens. Rheumatic diseases, such as arthritis, are conditions that affect the joints, muscles, bones and connective tissue. Because these diseases often are complex and chronic, it's important for your child to see a specialist who has extensive training in managing the symptoms as well as the underlying cause(s). Our pediatric rheumatologists have expertise in treating:

  • Chronic joint pain and swelling, including juvenile arthritis and reactive arthritis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Scleroderma
  • Sarcoid
  • Inflammatory uveitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener's granulomatosus
  • Takayasu's arteritis
  • Behcet's disease
  • Periodic fevers
  • Muscle weakness with rash or calcinosis (calcium deposits in the skin and muscle) and scleroderma including linear scleroderma
  • Morphea
  • Systemic sclerosis

Depending on your child's symptoms, we may recommend: oral medications, joint injections, intravenous therapies, physical or occupational therapy, and/or psychosocial support. We will work with you and your family to determine the best course of treatment.

A Team Approach to Care

When patients come to Comer Children's, they have access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists. Our rheumatologists collaborate with pediatric gastroenterologists, orthopaedic surgeons, dermatologists and neurologists and will facilitate appointments with other experts as needed. We also work closely with the adult rheumatology team to help older teenagers transition their care when they are ready.

Support for the Whole Family

We understand that living with a chronic illness may cause stress for a patient and his or her family. Our pediatric rheumatologists aim to reduce this anxiety by providing accessible, approachable care for children and caregivers. In addition, we encourage family members and teachers to play an active role in the treatment process. We often help parents and schools create educational plans to ensure that each child receives appropriate support throughout the day. Our ultimate goal is to help patients experience the best quality of life.