Is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Hereditary

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis appears to be a hereditary condition, though it's exact cause is unknown. Certain genetic markers have been found in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. However, not all children with these markers have the condition, and some children without the markers do.

Fast Facts:

  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes swelling, heat, and pain.
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the most prevalent form of juvenile arthritis.
  • Juvenile arthritis effects approximately 300,000 American children.