Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Growth Problems
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) may either speed or slow the natural growth process of the bones on either side of the affected joint, causing uneven bone growth. Children who have JIA may not grow as tall as they would have if they did not have the condition. The growth differences depend on the child's age when the disease started and the number of joints affected. The more joints involved in the disease, the more severe the impairment.
The closer to puberty a child is when symptoms begin, the more likely the child's height will be affected. JIA may also temporarily delay the development of breast enlargement and growth of body hair.
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