Starship Paediatric Rheumatology
Public Service, Rheumatology, Paediatrics
Rheumatology is the specialty of medicine that includes autoimmune and autoinflammatory conditions including arthritis. The term arthritis refers to the inflammation of a joint in the body. An autoimmune or autoinflammatory condition is where an abnormality in the immune system leads to the body’s defence harming its own cells by mistake.
Paediatric Rheumatology encompasses a wide variety of inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions of the musculoskeletal system (muscles and joints) as well as conditions of non-infectious multi-system inflammation.
The types of conditions cared for by the Rheumatology team include:
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM)
- Connective tissue disease
- Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)
At the clinic appointment a history of your child's symptoms will be taken as well as a review of any medications they are on. Your child will then be examined, and may be referred for further testing. The specialist will discuss with you the possible diagnosis and what further tests or treatments are recommended. They will also contact your GP and/or paediatrician about the diagnosis, results of tests and a treatment plan.
Open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments
Blood tests can be used to look for how much inflammation there is in the body, monitor certain side effects of the medicines the patient is taking and/or help classify the patient's rheumatological condition. More
X-rays are used to give a picture of the bones and joints.… More
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) gives even more detailed pictures of joints and organs and may be helpful to check if the joint is damaged.… More
A joint injection is most often done to deliver medicine directly into the joint.… More
Some medications used in rheumatology are given as an intravenous infusion.… More
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves/echoes to give images of soft tissues and fluid.… More
- Juvenile Dermatomyositis (PDF, 553 KB)
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (PDF, 400.1 KB)
- Steroids and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (PDF, 80.2 KB)
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (PDF, 252.5 KB)
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Information to help parents/caregivers understand about joint injections
Links to further information:
Starship website transition information for young people and their families: https://www.starship.org.nz/patients-parents-and-visitors/youth-transition/
Arthritis NZ: https://www.arthritis.org.nz/children-with-arthritis/
(09) 3074949 ext 22245 (for non urgent enquiries)
2 Park Road
2 Park Road
Starship Child Health
Private Bag 92 024
Auckland Mail Centre
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This page was last updated at 12:42PM on May 10, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Starship Paediatric Rheumatology.