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Pediatric Lupus

Key points about lupus in children

  • Lupus is a disease that causes episodes of inflammation and damage to many parts of the body, including the skin and organs.
  • It is caused by both genes and environmental factors.
  • Symptoms include a rash, fever, joint inflammation and pain, and sensitivity to the sun.
  • Lupus can range from a mild disease to a life-threatening disease.
  • There is no known cure for lupus, but medicines and lifestyle changes can help you manage symptoms of the disease.


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Rheumatology Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage autoimmune and inflammatory disorders in a growing child's muscles, tissues and joints. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Lupus

Departments that Treat Lupus

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The Division of Rheumatology aims to improve the health and quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal disorders through comprehensive, patient-focused care, including testing, treatment, and patient and family education programs.

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Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children's National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.

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Learn how our highly skilled pediatric nephrology team works across divisions to manage the full range of kidney diseases in children, including dialysis and kidney transplantation.