Fifteen-minute guide to managing oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Dearbhla McKenna, Diarmuid McLaughlin, Cathy Campbell, Melissa Mulholland, Andrew Thompson, Clare Loughran, Paul Jackson, Madeleine Rooney

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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common chronic rheumatic disease affecting children and young people today. However, it is not a single disease entity, but an umbrella term that gathers together a heterogeneous collection of complex, chronic inflammatory conditions with oligoarticular JIA the most common form in both Europe and North America. Due to its relative rarity in daily practice and potential to mimic other conditions, oligoarticular JIA can present a diagnostic and management challenge to healthcare professionals in both primary care and general paediatrics. The aim of this article is to provide a summary of the key aspects of diagnosis, investigation and management of this condition, with the hopes of building clinicians’ confidence when facing a possible case of oligoarticular JIA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood: Education and Practice Edition
Issue number3
Early online date03 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • rheumatology
  • therapeutics


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