What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)?
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis or JIA as it is referred to means:
Juvenile means that the arthritis began before you were 16 years old
Idiopathic means that the cause is unknown
Arthritis means that one or more of your joints are inflamed (i.e. they’re swollen, painful and stiff, and you may not be able to move them as far as normal).
Arthritis in children is treatable and most children who are diagnosed with JIA live a full and active life.
What is the CAPS study for?
Arthritis affects about one in a thousand children. We often do not know what has caused it. In some children, arthritis may go away after some months or years or may persist even when grown up. At the moment it is difficult to say how your arthritis will affect you. The aim of the study is to identify those things that may help predict how you will do over the long-term. Better understanding of the course of the illness will help in choosing the best treatment for children in the future.
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