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conditions we treat

At Dayton Children’s Hospital our specialists can diagnose and manage nearly all pediatric rheumatic diseases. The goal is to decrease or eliminate symptoms so your child can get back to being active.

  • acute rheumatic fever (inflammation, with fever, as joint pain and tenderness) 
  • amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (severe pain throughout the body or in a specific area)
  • ankylosing spondylitis (inflammation of the spine and joints, causing stiffness and pain)
  • autoinflammatory syndromes (a group of conditions that can cause episodes of rash and fever)
  • enthesitis related arthritis (autoimmune inflammation of the tendons)
  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura (inflammation of the blood vessels affecting the skin, GI tract and kidneys)
  • juvenile dermatomyositis (redness and scaling of the skin with muscle weakness)
  • juvenile idiopathic arthritis (an autoimmune disorder that causes joint pain, swelling and warm joints)
  • Kawasaki disease (involves fever and the skin, mouth and lymph nodes, and most often affects kids under age 5)
  • lupus (also called systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE — a chronic disease marked by muscle and joint pain and inflammation)
  • mixed connective tissue disease (features symptoms of multiple rheumatic conditions)
  • noninflammatory musculoskeletal pain (pain in the muscles, bones and joints without swelling)
  • Periodic Fever Syndromes (recurrent non-infectious fever episodes due to inflammation)
  • psoriatic arthritis (arthritis in children with the skin condition psoriasis)
  • reactive arthritis (joint swelling and pain caused by a bacterial infection)
  • Raynaud's Disease (abnormal blood flow in the fingers and toes)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (arthritis involving multiple joints)
  • sarcoidosis (when nodules form in the skin or other tissues)
  • scleroderma (also called systemic sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder that hardens the skin)
  • Sjogren’s syndrome (affects the whole body, causing fatigue, joint pain, dry eyes and mouth)
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (or SLE, a chronic inflammation of joints, tendons and some internal organs)
  • vasculitic disorders (also called vasculitides, conditions that cause inflammation of the blood vessels)

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Video visits at Dayton Children's provide you and your child a convenient, hassle-free environment for your appointment. Video visits are just like an office visit, only from the comfort of your home! Using video conferencing technology (similar to FaceTime or Google Meet) allow you to have an appointment from your mobile device or personal computer without the need to commute. If your child has an upcoming appointment, ask if a video visit is an option for care. Call 937-641-3000. Learn more about video visits.



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Rheumatology welcomes phone calls during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.


A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. 

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