What We Treat

The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center provides evaluation and treatment services for a range of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders in children. Our experienced, board-certified doctors see over 1,000 patients a year with symptoms related to these diseases. We work with these patients, their families and referring physicians to determine a diagnosis and the best treatment plan.

The comprehensive services that we provide for children with rheumatic disease include treatment of:

  • Arthritis
    • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sub-types including oligoarticular, polyarticular, systemic, psoriatic and enthesitis-related arthritis)
    • Spondyloarthropathy
    • Reactive arthritis
    • Arthritis of inflammatory bowel disease
    • Rheumatic fever
    • Post-streptococcal arthritis
    • Lyme disease
    • Viral or post-infectious arthritis

  • Lupus and other systemic overlap syndromes
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Dermatomyositis
    • Mixed connective tissue disease
    • Sjogren’s syndrome
    • Anti-phospholipid syndrome
    • Scleroderma
    • Overlap syndrome
    • Morphea
    • Pernio

  • Vasculitides 
    • Henoch-Schoelein purpura
    • Kawasaki disease
    • Wegener’s granulomatosis
    • Churg-Strauss syndrome
    • Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN)
    • Bechet’s disease

  • Periodic fever syndromes 
    • Hyper IgD
    • Familial mediterranean fever (FMF)
    • Tumor necrosis factor receptor associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS)
    • Cryopirin associated fever syndromes (Familial Cold Urticaria, Muckle-Wells syndrome, NOMID/CINCA).
    • Periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, adenitis syndrome (PFAPA)

  • Inflammatory bone disorders    
    • Caffey’s disease

  • Non-inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
    • Hypermobility syndrome
    • Patellofemoral syndrome
    • Pain amplification syndromes

To make an appointment for your child to see a specialist for any of these conditions or other pediatric rheumatic diseases, please call 617-636-7285.