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Rheumatology

Pediatric rheumatologists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland diagnose and treat rheumatic disorders and multi-system inflammatory diseases that affect muscles, joints, and connective tissues. We evaluate patients with a wide variety of symptoms including musculoskeletal complaints, bone and joint pain, unexplained rash, and fevers of unknown origin. Diagnoses treated include juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), vasculitis, scleroderma, and periodic fever/inflammatory syndromes.

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Why Families Choose Us

Child-Focused Rheumatology Specialists

  • Expert pediatric rheumatologists work closely with other Children's specialists, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, nurses and social workers to provide your child comprehensive care.
  • Because rheumatic diseases behave differently in a child's body than an adult's, treatment from a pediatric-trained rheumatologist gives kids the best chance. Children with rheumatic disease require treatments and therapies that may be different from those that might be appropriate for adults.
  • Our staff only work with children, from newborns to young adults, in a kid-friendly, medical home.

Additional Resources

The Division of Rheumatology at Children's Hospital Oakland has compiled these Web links as a starting point for your additional research. The hospital and its employees do not endorse or maintain these Web sites and are not responsible for any information or claims provided on them. It is always best to talk with your pediatric rheumatologist for more information, and before making any decisions about your child’s care.

American College of Rheumatology Patient Education

Diagnoses and Conditions


  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Autoinflammatory disorders
  • Arthralgias
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Behcet's disease
  • Benign hypermobility joint syndrome
  • Benign Nocturnal Limb Pains of Childhood
  • Calcinosis
  • Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Dermatomyositis (Juvenile)
  • Discoid lupus
  • Enthesitis-related arthritis
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Erythromelalgia
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA), previously known as Wegener’s granulomatosis
  • "Growing (limb) pains"
  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura
  • Hypermobility disorders
  • Idiopathic Iridocyclitis/Iritis/Uveitis which may antedate a rheumatic disorder
  • Joint pain, joints, limb pain
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Kawasaki syndrome
  • Limp of unknown cause
  • Lyme disease
  • Microscopic Polyangitis
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Morphea
  • Neonatal lupus
  • Overlap syndromes
  • Over-use syndromes
  • Pigmented villonodular synovitis
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Post-infectious reactive arthropathies and vasculopathies (viral, bacterial and idiopathic)
  • Positive ANA
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum
  • Raynaud's phenomenon
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Relapsing polychondritis
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Sacroiliitis
  • SAPHO syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma, linear and systemic
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Swelling of joints
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Takayasu's arteritis
  • Tumid Lupus
  • Vasculitis

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