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Rheumatology in Focus

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is as common as other childhood conditions like epilepsy and diabetes, but is diagnosed far less frequently. Everyone needs to know that kids get arthritis too.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

This May, as part of the global campaign Make lupus visible, SARAA puts SLE in the spotlight.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and swelling in the joints and surrounding tissues.

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People with systemic rheumatic diseases may be more susceptible to COVID-19 infection, and to more severe manifestations of disease. This could be related to the disease itself, associated comorbidities and/or the medications used to treat these conditions. There is limited data to support this supposition however as the disease develops we will have a better understanding of the impact on people with rheumatic diseases.

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