Juvenile Arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or an arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.

Impact of Juvenile Arthritis

  • Approximately 294,000 children under the age 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions.

  • State prevalence numbers for pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions are available in the "Prevalence of and Annual Ambulatory Health Care Visits for Pediatric Arthritis and Other Rheumatologic Conditions in the US in 2001-2004."

  • Ambulatory care visits for pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions averaged 827,000 annually.

  • Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common childhood diseases in the United States.

  • Arthritis and related conditions, such as juvenile arthritis, cost the U.S. economy nearly $128 billion per year in medical care and indirect expenses, including lost wages and productivity.

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