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Slovenska pediatrija 2016; 23: 197-207


Review article

APPROACH TO A CHILD WITH JOINT PROBLEMS

T. Butenko
Pediatrična klinika, Univerzitetni klinični center Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenija

Š. Blazina
Služba za alergologijo, revmatologijo in klinično imunologijo, Pediatrična klinika, Univerzitetni klinični center Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenija

Abstract

Children often present to the paediatrician with joint problems. Occasionally they subside spontaneously after rest, but, in some cases, they are a sign of chronic joint disease. The differential diagnosis of joint problems is very extensive. Severe sequelae can be prevented or reduced by appropriate and immediate intervention. A thorough history and physical examination are the basis for subsequent laboratory tests, imaging and referral to the appropriate specialist for further assessment. Recommendations for treatment of a child with joint problems are presented in this paper.

Key words: Key words: child, joint, differential diagnosis, treatment, referral.


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