As young people JIA patients progress into adulthood, their disease can have a widespread impact upon many of the facets of normal life. The challenges young people with JIA face do not stop when they stop being adolescent. Adulthood often brings additional stressors and strains that add to the burden of illness they experienced as a child. Pediatric rheumatology care providers must be aware of the impact of JIA in adulthood and ensure that their patients have an appropriate transition to adult care.
It is equally important for adult rheumatology care providers to recognize the differences in childhood onset inflammatory arthritis as compared to disease starting in adulthood. The simple fact that they have had to pass through adolescence with a chronic disease sets adult patients with JIA apart from patients of a similar age with adult-onset inflammatory arthritis.
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