Rheumatologist Questions Juvenile Arthritis

How does juvenile arthritis affect bone development in children?

My daughter was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and her doctor said that she should outgrow as she enters adulthood. Will juvenile arthritis also affect her bone development negatively? She's 11 now.

2 Answers

It is important to properly diagnose and check the child for erosions. Please see a rheumatologist as it's very individual and everyone is different.
Best of luck.
Whether she will "outgrow" it remains to be seen. These diseases are quite unpredictable. If she is not treated with systemic corticosteroids such as prednisone and her disease is under control ("in remission"), she should have normal bone development unless she already had irreversible skeletal changes prior to therapy.