Ample evidence shows that what was formerly called 'juvenile rheumatoid arthritis' is not a single disease. At least six separate diseases were included as subgroups or subtypes of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in other classifications. The clinical and laboratory features that differentiate these diseases are discussed. Genetic differences, primarily within the HLA system but also for T-cell receptor genes are described and correlated with the new clinical classification of arthritis.
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- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health