Osteochondral lesions in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

  • L. K
  • E. P
  • E. T
  • et al.
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Background: Joint pain and swelling are typical symptoms in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and these are often related to inflammation of the joint. Juvenile osteochondritis dissecans (JOCD), that is separation of a bone-cartilage segment from the articular surface, can manifest with similar symptoms.Findings: We studied thirteen cases of osteochondritis dissecans lesions (OCD) in children with JIA. There were nine girls and four boys with a mean age of 6.5 (2-12) years at the time of diagnosis of JIA. Mean time between diagnosis of JIA and manifestation of OCD was 5.5 (1-11) years. Indications for MRI were the presence of pain or discomfort in the joint, despite otherwise effective treatment, with no evidence from ultrasound examination of any obvious signs of active inflammation. The most common location of osteochondral lesion was the knee, although the ankle joint was affected in one case. Five patients had lesions in both knees. Operative treatment was needed in eight cases (joints).Conclusions: Pain, and minor dysfunction of the joint are common complaints of children suffering from JIA. Earlier research has discounted the possibility of children who were not athletes presenting with this condition. However, this study demonstrates that these lesions also seem to be relatively common in patients with JIA. When there is no sign of inflammation, the possibility of OCD must therefore be considered in these children. 2013 Kroger et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.




L., K., E., P.-S., E., T., P., P., & H., K. (2013). Osteochondral lesions in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pediatric Rheumatology. L. Kroger, Department of Paediatrics, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio FIN-70211, Finland. E-mail: liisa.kroger@kuh.fi: BioMed Central Ltd. (Floor 6, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB, United Kingdom). Retrieved from http://www.ped-rheum.com/content/11/1/18

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