A Clinician's Guide to Rheumatic Diseases in Children by Thomas J.A. Lehman

By Thomas J.A. Lehman

Within the usa by myself, approximately 300,000 young ones be afflicted by a few type of arthritis or rheumatic affliction, and hundreds of thousands extra are susceptible to constructing this type of illnesses. during this marvelously down-to-earth advisor, Thomas Lehman--the head of 1 of the prime pediatric rheumatology courses within the world--offers a gold mine of professional recommendation important for pediatricians who are looking to turn into more adept in figuring out, diagnosing, and treating rheumatic ailment in young ones. Dr. Lehman is helping pediatricians interpret their sufferers' court cases and be certain even if and what kind of clinical realization is required, explaining what signs to seem for, what inquiries to ask, what exams to run, and what to anticipate whilst therapy starts. utilizing illustrative anecdotes, this booklet sheds mild on quite a lot of rheumatic disorders--including juvenile arthritis, Lyme affliction, lupus, Kawasaki disorder, fibromyalgia, and protracted fatigue syndrome--and it addresses such the most important issues as drug defense, genetic concerns, the capability dangers to little ones posed through medicinal drugs, the trouble of kin existence whilst a baby has a protracted illness, and lots more and plenty extra. A Clinician's consultant to Rheumatic illnesses in teenagers captures the services of a committed healthcare professional with over thirty years of hands-on adventure supporting little ones lead basic, chuffed lives. it's going to support pediatricians ensure that sufferers in achieving the absolute best consequence.

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The role of the patellar tendon is to transmit the force from the muscles in the thigh to forward motion of the lower leg. In children who are developing rapidly (the nine- to fifteenyear-old age group), the muscles often strengthen more rapidly than the bones. Running and kicking, such as while playing sports, leads to repeated pulling on the tendon where it attaches to the bone. With repeated pulling, children 24 A C H I L D C O M P L A I N S O F PA I N develop inflammation at the tendon insertion.

Treatment The key to treatment is to enforce relative rest so that the inflamed tendon and bone can heal and the bone can become stronger and withstand the pulling by the muscles. Osteoid Osteoma Overview Osteoid osteomas are benign tumors of the bone, much like knots in wood. Often they never cause difficulty. They are most common in the region of the hip (see below) but may occur either above or below the knee. However, in some children they cause pain. Most often the pain occurs in the middle of the night Common Causes of Pain 25 and is sufficiently severe to wake the child.

Diagnosis Typically, this is a problem of teenagers or adults rather than younger children. The classic complaint is pain along the side of the leg that can be reproduced by pressure over the greater trochanter. The pain often is described as moving both up and down the side of the leg. Treatment Trochanteric bursitis is treated with ice, stretching exercises, and, in more severe cases, NSAIDs. In rare cases, children require injection of steroids into the bursa for relief. 38 A C H I L D C O M P L A I N S O F PA I N Congenital Hip Dislocation Overview Congenital hip dislocation results from improper formation of the sockets into which the heads of the hip bones insert on the pelvis (improper development of the acetabulum, which covers the femoral head).

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