Rheumatology at Kravis Children's Hospital
The Rheumatology Division at Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and family-centered care for children who live with a wide range of inflammatory, autoimmune, and rheumatic conditions. Our Pediatric Rheumatology team works with patients and families to provide comprehensive care for a wide variety of rheumatic conditions, including arthritis, lupus, and other connective tissue diseases.
We offer our patients a multidisciplinary approach to care, in which the Pediatric Rheumatology team will collaborate with other Mount Sinai physicians and pediatric specialists to develop comprehensive treatment plans for your child and strategies for your child's ongoing medical needs.
Conditions We Treat
We treat children with a number of rheumatic conditions including:
- Acute rheumatic fever
- Henoch schonlein purpura (HSP)
- Kawasaki disease
- Juvenile dermatomyositis
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA, spondyloarthropathy, psoriatic arthritis)
- Localized and systemic scleroderma
- Periodic fever syndromes
- Reactive arthritis (lyme arthritis)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
Diagnosing Rheumatic Conditions
In order to diagnose a rheumatic condition, we require a comprehensive evaluation that includes:
- Thorough interview
- Complete physical exam
- Full blood workup, if necessary
- Tests such as synovial fluid analysis, immunologic, and imaging studies
Whenever possible, it is useful to bring results of any recent laboratory or other tests done by your pediatrician so we can review them with you.
Treatments for Rheumatic Conditions
After a diagnosis is confirmed, our team will work with you to develop a specialized treatment plan for each patient that is based on many specific factors, including overall health, patient history, age, and the severity of the condition.
The treatment options we provide can include non-drug treatments and medication treatments:
- Non-drug treatments: There are many non-drug or medical strategies that can be used to treat a rheumatic condition. Some of these include dietary changes, physical therapy, massage, and exercise.
- Medications: There are many medications that can be administered to treat a rheumatic condition. These can be given as an oral pill, topical cream, or injection and can include the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
- Topical treatments
- Injection therapies