A 3 year old male child with a swollen joint who eventually was diagnosed as hemophilia
“It is not a case we are treating; it is a living, palpitating, alas, too often suffering fellow creature.”
“The paths of the pain are thine. Go forth with healing and with hope.”
John Greenleaf Whittier
To a young physician
Pediatric Rheumatology - Symptoms & Diseases
A pediatric rheumatologist evaluates and treats a variety of symptoms, including
Pediatric rheumatologists may interact with or get referrals from other specialists such as general pediatricians, orthopaedic surgeons, pediatric ophthalmologists, nephrologists, physiotherapists, psychologists or nutrition experts.
The common diseases which come under the purview of a pediatric rheumatologist include
There are several other diseases which surprise doctors since their initial symptoms relate to bones and joints even though they belong to other specialties. Blood diseases such as leukemia, sickle cell disease or hemophilia and benign / malignant tumours of bones and joints, primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, drug side effects, vitamin deficiencies, poisonings and even psychiatric disorders in children may first present to the paediatric rheumatologist.