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Dr. Serena Guiducci  
Department of Biomedicine, Division of Rheumatology
University of Florence
Florence
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The Long-Term Outcome of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Author(s): Angelo Ravelli, Alberto Martini.

Abstract:

Over the past decades, a number of studies have evaluated the long-term outcome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and some of them have also attempted to identify early prognostic factors. The available data indicate that JIA is not a benign disease because a substantial number of patients still enter adulthood with persistently active disease and may develop severe physical disability. Although a great deal of data are accumulating on prognostic factors in JIA, prediction of long-term outcome early after disease presentation is still difficult because comparisons among existing studies are hindered by a number of reasons. To increase comparability of future analyses and obtain generalizable information on the prognosis of JIA and its prediction, a great deal of effort should be directed toward standardizing the study design and the measurement of predictors and outcomes.

Keywords: juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile chronic arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, long-term outcome, predictors of outcome

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Article Details

VOLUME: 1
ISSUE: 2
Year: 2005
Page: [151 - 155]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/1573397054023137
Price: $58