Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common form of arthritis found in children.
It affects children under the age of 18 and all ethnic backgrounds. As in adults, children can get inflammation which causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of motion.
The exact cause is unknown; however, it is believed to be a 2-step process in children, possibly starting with genetic inherited propensity towards the disease then a trigger, like a virus, which sets off the immune system to attack the healthy cells.
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