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Specialists in our Division of Rheumatology and Integrative Medicine provide comprehensive services for the evaluation and management of infants, children, and adolescents with rheumatologic disorders.


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315-464-5853

Pediatric Rheumatology Center

Specialists in our Division of Rheumatology and Integrative Medicine provide comprehensive services for the evaluation and management of infants, children, and adolescents with rheumatologic disorders.

Children are often referred to a pediatric rheumatologist by their doctor for a variety of symptoms that are often puzzling. We provide an interdisciplinary approach that often includes nursing care, various treatments, referrals to other specialists including ophthalmology and orthopedics, and referral to physical and occupational therapy.

Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat include:

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Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune disorder, mainly affects children and causes inflammation of muscles and skin. Symptoms include muscle weakness, skin rash, joint discomfort and fatigue. When treated early through medication, physical therapy and lifestyle modifications providers can help patients avoid any potential long-term complications.

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Familial Mediterranean Fever

Familial Mediterranean Fever is a hereditary autoinflammatory disorder. During a flare-up, a patient will experience a recurring fever, an inflamed abdomen, chest pain and/or joint swelling. The condition mainly affects individuals of Mediterranean descent. With early diagnosis and proper treatment through medication, patients can prevent future flare-ups and avoid complications such as amyloidosis, which affects the kidneys.

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Hypermobility

Hypermobility causes increased flexibility and mobility in joints. It's most common for children to be diagnosed with this condition. Patients may experience joint pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and/or frequent joint dislocations and sprains. With a combination of physical therapy and lifestyle modifications, patients can reduce complications.

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Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory condition affecting one or multiple joints in children and adolescents. Patients with this condition may experience joint pain, swelling, stiffness and a decreased range of motion. An early diagnosis and proper treatment are essential for managing symptoms and preventing long-term joint damage. Treatment typically includes a combination of medication, physical therapy and lifestyle modifications.

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Localized Scleroderma

Localized scleroderma is a subtype of a condition called scleroderma – a rare autoimmune disease that causes the hardening and tightening of a patient’s skin and connective tissues. Unlike scleroderma, which can also affect internal organs, a localized condition mainly affects the skin. Patients with this condition may experience thickened and hardened patches of skin that are oval or linear in shape. Conditions may range from mild to severe but typically do not cause a patient to experience any discomfort. Treatment typically includes topical medications or phototherapy.

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Lupus

Lupus is a condition in which the body produces antibodies to itself. If left untreated, it can cause more serious complications such as damage to organs such as the skin, joints, heart and kidneys. Children with lupus will present varying symptoms depending on the organ most involved. Most will experience fatigue, joint pain and skin rashes. The major complication of lupus in children is kidney involvement. A diagnosis is usually found through a kidney biopsy, blood and urine tests. Fortunately, there are several medications available that can help control symptoms and potential kidney damage in children under careful provider management.

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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans through a bite from an infected tick. Children infected with Lyme disease may first present a characteristic erythema migrans rash. This is a red area near the tick bite that increases in size and clears out in the middle giving a “bullseye” appearance. Patients may also experience fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. It's important to treat Lyme disease with antibiotics early on to prevent it from spreading to the heart or nervous system.

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Periodic Fever, Aphthous Stomatitis, Pharyngitis, Adenitis Syndrome

Periodic Fever, Aphthous Stomatitis, Pharyngitis, Adenitis Syndrome (PFAPA) is a rare autoinflammatory syndrome primarily affecting children. Symptoms include recurring fevers, accompanied by mouth sores, sore throat, and swollen neck glands. PFAPA episodes typically occur every few weeks and resolve within a few days. Treatment to manage PFAPA includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can help reduce fever and pain.

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Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and dysfunction in the glands that produce tears and saliva. Patients with this syndrome may experience dry eyes and mouth, and difficulty swallowing. It can also affect other organs in the body which can cause more long-term complications such as joint pain, fatigue, and organ damage. Patients are diagnosed through a series of blood tests and imaging studies. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms through anti-inflammatory medications and artificial tear and saliva substitutes.

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Patient Resources

The following links will take you away from the Upstate website for more information on rheumatologic conditions:

American College of Rheumatology

Arthritis Foundation

The following links to the American College of Rheumatology website will provide more information on the following treatments:

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Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital opened in 2009, with the mission to provide safe,effective, innovative and family centered care for children in the Central New York region.Today we serve children and families across 17 counties and treat over 100,000 pediatric encounters per year.

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For Referring Professionals

The Pediatric Rheumatology Center at Upstate Golisano Chidlren's hospital is committed to providing prompt communication and services for our community physicians. Learn more about how to refer a patient below.

Referral Information

Contact: MD Direct - Central Scheduling
Phone: 315 464-4842

Contact Information

Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and Integrative Medicine
725 Irving Avenue, Suite 805
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-7611
Fax: 315 464-8445

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Pediatric Rheumatology Center
Pediatric Rheumatology Center
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Suite 805
725 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-7611
Fax: 315 464-5853
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