Presentation on theme: "Working Together to Help Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis"— Presentation transcript:
1 Working Together to Help Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Lori B. Tucker, M.D.Clinical Associate Professor in PediatricsDivision of RheumatologyBC Children’s HospitalVancouver BC
2 Objectives for This Talk To provide general background about juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).To establish relevance of JIA Module for family physicians.To review key material in the JIA Module.
3 Goals for the JIA MSK Module Improve the early recognition of juvenile arthritis.Provide clinicians with tools to assist in the diagnosis of MSK complaints in children.Suggest pathways for referral of children with MSK complaints when needed, and increase awareness among GPs of accessibility of care for children and teens with arthritis in BC.
4 A true story……MC 11 year old girl, living in a rural community in BC Develops gradual stiffness in fingers, wrists and knees, with increasing pain. No swelling is seen.Unable to play the violin, difficulty with writing at school.Seen in local ER and walk in several times.Investigation done….and told everything was normal.Xrays; ANA, RF, ESR done…….8 months after symptom onset, grandparents take her to their family dr.Urgent referral to pediatric rheumatology is placed.Patient is seen in 3 weeks- dx: polyarticular JIAActive joint count 18; unable to make a fist.
5 For most children the first health care contact – GP or A and E Second and subsequent health care contacts variable – no set pathway of care – children often get cross referred between specialities before referral to paed rheum – median of 3 health care contacts before paed rheum with consequent impact on time interval from onset to first appt. Few from GP direct to paed rheumUnclear what ultimately prompts referral to paed rheum ? – this is part of our ongoing research
6 What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis? Most common childhood chronic disease causing disability.About 7/100,00 newly diagnosed children with JIA per year.Prevalence about 1/1,000 children = 1,000 children in BC with JIA.7 subtypes.Disease begins at any time during childhood or adolescence.
7 Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Child under 16 years oldAt least one joint with objective signs of arthritis:Swelling, or two of the following: pain with movement, warmth of the joint, restricted movement, or tendernessDuration of more than 6 weeksOther causes have been excluded (ex. Infections, Lupus and other connective tissue diseases, malignancies)
8 Why do I need to learn about JIA? I will never see a case of this……. Have you seen a case of JIA or other autoimmune disease in a child?Have you seen a child with a limp or MSK pain?
9 Few know that JIA even exists…. 81% of Canadians say they know almost nothing about JIA.Only 30% had ever seen, read, or heard anything about JIA.Compared with 45-70% for other chronic conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, HIV, CF, cerebral palsy, heart conditions Ipsos-Reid, 2010
10 Common Diagnostic Myths About Arthritis in Childhood…… All kids with JIA have fevers.All kids with JIA have rashes.A child with joint pain (but no arthritis) must have JIA.All arthritis is painful.If a child has a positive rheumatoid factor, they must have arthritis.If x-rays are normal, there is no arthritis.
11 The JIA Module: Helping you with Diagnostic Pathway Child with MSK complaint presents to GP officeMedical historyPhysical examinationRed Flags??Laboratory testing and imaging as indicated
12 Physical Examination of the Child with an MSK Problem Assess general health status.Child friendly approach.Do a complete physical examination.All joints should be examined, even if complaints are referred to only one.Keep developmental norms in mind.
13 Watch for Red Flags Child is unwell. Fever, weight loss, weakness Bone pain or night pain.Regression of motor milestones.Significant functional disability.Child not ambulatingChild missing school or activities
14 What is pGALS?Evidence based screening MSK assessment for school aged children based on the adult GALS (Gait, Arms, Legs, Spine) screenValidated with excellent sensitivity and specificityBasic clinical maneuvers completed in an average of 2 minutesstudents/video-resources/pgals.aspx Foster HE. Arthritis Care Res :Adult GALS missed important abnormalities in 18% of children, mostly at the ankle, foot, and TMJ.pGALS was tested in 65 children (median age 13 years, range 5–17 years) and demonstrated excellent sensitivity (97–100%) and specificity (98–100%) at all joints, with high acceptability scored by child and parent/guardian. The median time to perform pGALS was 2 minutes (range 1.5–3 minutes).
20 When to Refer to a Pediatric Rheumatologist…… Child or teen with joint pain, swelling, stiffness, or dysfunction which has lasted more than 2 weeks and is unrelated to trauma.Child with signs and symptoms suggestive of a generalized connective tissue disease or autoimmune condition.Systemic lupus, dermatomyositis, vasculitis, periodic fever syndromes
21 What if you are not really sure…. General pediatric evaluation is often an excellent interim step.
22 Where can I refer my patients for help Where can I refer my patients for help? Pediatric Rheumatology Teams in BCVancouver:David Cabral, Lori Tucker, Jaime Guzman, Kristin Houghton, Kim Morishita, Ross PettyPediatric physiotherapist, occupational therapistSocial workerPediatric rheumatology nursesPenticton:Katherine Gross, M.D.Nurse and physio/OTVictoria:Roxana Bolaria M.D.
23 What about when my patient does have JIA? Work together as partners to provide care.Assist in arranging community services.Administer injectable medications i.e. methotrexateMonitor for side effects of medications.Assist parents with school issues if necessary.Provide immunizations, or modify schedule as outlined by pediatric rheumatology team.