Therapeutic advancements in juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) has substantially evolved over the past two decades. Research has been conducted and is ongoing on how therapies can best be utilized either as monotherapy or in combination for enhanced efficacy. The introduction of biologic therapies that selectively target specific cytokines has changed the acceptable clinical course of childhood arthritis. In addition to the development and utilization of new therapeutic agents, the pediatric rheumatology community has made vital progress toward defining disease activity, developing validated outcome measures, and establishing collaborative networks to assess both clinical outcomes and the long-term side effects related to therapeutics for juvenile arthritis. In this chapter, we will discuss the therapeutic evolution in JIA over the past two decades. Although the largest strides have been made with biologic agents, and these newer drugs have more rigorous data to support their use, select commonly used non-biologic therapies are included, with the discussion focused on more recent updated literature.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kessler, EA; Becker, ML

Published Date

  • April 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 293 - 313

PubMed ID

  • 24974064

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-1770

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.berh.2014.03.005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands