Dr. Ioannis Kalampokis practices Pediatric Rheumatology in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pediatric rheumatologists treat child patients who suffer from pain in the musculoskeletal system, have symptoms of arthritis, or an autoimmune disorder. Dr. Kalampokis evaluates and treats a variety of joint, muscle, and bone disorders; including autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Kawasaki disease, post-infectious arthritis, chronic vasculitis, and inflammatory disorders of the muscle, eye, or other organs. Dr. Kalampokis also is trained in the evaluation of prolonged fever, unexplained complaints of chronic musculoskeletal pain, weakness, poor appetite, fatigue, and/or loss of function or skills.
Pediatric Rheumatology (Pediatrics)
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This is a GREAT question without a formal answer. No convincing sound studies exist on this. Currently, there are no specific lifestyle changes recommended for JIA; certainly, with a healthy diet and regular exercise, our bodies, our immune systems function better... Avoid processed foods, fast food, fried food, soft drinks, refined sugar, saturated fats... Eat fresh foods, vegetables, olive oil... Drink plenty of water, etc. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
Lupus can affect different parts of the heart and, depending on the part and the extent of involvement, symptoms can range from mild to severe. In most pediatric patients with lupus, the heart is not affected directly, but only as a result of poorly controlled hypertension. Nonetheless, the heart can be affected directly by lupus. It is unknown why some patients have cardiac involvement and others do not. READ MORE
She certainly can. I have seen lupus even in a 4 year old. 11 years of age is a rather common age for pediatric-onset lupus. If she has symptoms, she should be evaluated by a pediatric rheumatologist. READ MORE
Genetics play at most a minor role in juvenile arthritis as in most human disease. The human genome project failed to identify causes for the vast majority of human disease. If she has symptoms such as persistent joint pain/swelling/warmth/redness and morning stiffness, she should be evaluated by a pediatric rheumatologist. READ MORE
The condition is not curable with current medical therapies, but is treatable. In the vast majority of cases, with appropriate medical therapy, children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can grow and develop into adulthood without any limitations. READ MORE
There are many causes of knee pain in middle childhood, most of which are benign. Your son should be evaluated by his primary care provider. If his knee has no swelling, warmth, redness, stiffness or limitation of range of motion, it is unlikely that he knee pain is due to arthritis. READ MORE
She can develop the disease, but it is unlikely. The contribution of genetics in the development of lupus is, according to current knowledge, very small. Many people confuse "family history" with "genetics." Positive family history does not necessarily imply a genetic component since family members share many more things other than genes including, but not limited to, diet, environmental exposures, behavioral patterns, etc. READ MORE
There are no known prevention strategies specific for juvenile arthritis. Just live a healthy lifestyle. Juvenile arthritis is not a hereditary disease. Positive family history does not necessarily imply a genetic component since family members share many more things other than genes including, but not limited to, diet, environmental exposures, behavioral patterns, etc. READ MORE
If the swelling has been present for more than 6 weeks, she should absolutely be evaluated by a pediatric rheumatologist. READ MORE
If his symptoms are not related to injury or a recent illness, he should be evaluated by his primary care provider. Especially if the stiffness is associated with joint swelling, warmth, redness or pain, and lasts for more than 6 weeks, he may also benefit from a pediatric rheumatology evaluation. READ MORE
This is a great question! The better term is "pain amplification syndrome," instead of "fibromyalgia." But it can certainly happen in children, especially teenagers. It is not uncommon at all. Pain amplification syndromes in children are more common than juvenile arthritis or any other rheumatologic disease. Your daughter needs to be evaluated once by a pediatric rheumatologist because pain amplification syndromes can coexist with autoimmunity. And if no underlying rheumatologic diseases is diagnosed, then she needs someone who specializes in patients with pain amplification. READ MORE
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