Systemic onset juveniile chronic arthritis (JCA) in a Nigerian boy: a case report

  • A S Oguntona
  • O Adelowo


Background: Juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA) is a chronic arthritis affecting children below age of 16 years. The systemic onset subgroup is also known as Still's disease. There are several distinct subgroups. There is paucity of literature of this disease entity in our environment due to under diagnosis of the disease. Method: The case note of this patient was retrieved. He was managed for 2 years in the adult rheumatology clinic after being transferred from the Paediatric unit. Relevant literature was reviewed. Result: There was a good response to immunosuppressive agents and low dose prednisolone. He was back at School and able to play with his mates after long withdrawal from School. Conclusion: Prompt referral of such cases to specialist centers will go a long way in determining the outcome of such patients. Prognosis is better with early presentation and appropriate management.

Nigerian Journal of Medicine Vol. 17 (1) 2008 pp. 112-114

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