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OBJECTIVE To compare the criteria for Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) with those of the European League Against Rheumatism/Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (EULAR/PRES) in a cohort of children with WG and other antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAVs), and to describe the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess North American pediatric rheumatology providers' perspectives on practices, barriers, and opportunities concerning the transition from pediatric-centered to adult-centered care. METHODS Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) members completed a 25-item survey assessing current transition practices, transition(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether aggressive treatment initiated early in the course of rheumatoid factor (RF)-positive or RF-negative polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can induce clinical inactive disease within 6 months. METHODS Between May 2007 and October 2010, a multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial(More)
Living Profiles is a health media platform in development that aggregates multiple data flows to help teens with special healthcare needs (SHCN), particularly with regard to self-management and independence. A teen-oriented personal health record (PHR) incorporates typical teen behaviors and attitudes about health and wellness, encompasses how teens(More)
OBJECTIVE Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's; GPA) and other antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) are rare in childhood and are sometimes difficult to discriminate. We compared use of adult-derived classification schemes for GPA against validated pediatric criteria in the ARChiVe (A Registry for Childhood(More)
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection is a well-recognized cause of acute hepatitis with jaundice in adults. However, chronic sequelae of HAV infection are so rare and so poorly defined that their existence remains speculative. In this report we describe a middle-aged woman in whom serologically defined acute hepatitis A appeared to trigger the onset of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the elapsed time while receiving aggressive therapy to the first observation of clinically inactive disease (CID), total duration of CID and potential predictors of this response in a cohort of children with recent onset of polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (poly-JIA). METHODS Eighty-five children were randomized blindly(More)
OBJECTIVE There are no validated tools for measuring disease activity in pediatric vasculitis. The Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score (BVAS) is a valid disease activity tool in adult vasculitis. Version 3 (BVAS v.3) correlates well with physician's global assessment (PGA), treatment decision, and C-reactive protein in adults. The utility of BVAS v.3 in(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Better understanding of the etiology of autoimmune diseases and their progression has brought about numerous novel therapies used in the treatment of pediatric rheumatic diseases. The introduction of biologic agents such as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors has changed how we approach and manage autoimmune diseases. This has led to a(More)
BACKGROUND Pain in children with rheumatic conditions such as arthritis is common. However, there is currently no standardized method for the assessment of this pain in children presenting to pediatric rheumatologists. A more consistent and comprehensive approach is needed to effectively assess, treat and monitor pain outcomes in the pediatric rheumatology(More)