Rheumatology

The pediatric rheumatologists at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center evaluate, diagnose and provide therapeutic services to children with a range of conditions affecting the joints and muscles.

The field of rheumatology covers a wide range of conditions and we understand that everyday living may be challenging for children and their families. Connecticut Children’s board certified physicians, physical and occupational therapists, nurses and family support service providers work as a team to provide the best patient- and family-centered care. We are committed to providing specialized treatment for your child’s unique needs in an environment designed especially for kids. Rheumatic conditions we treat include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Inflammatory muscle disease
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Known or suspected rheumatic diseases
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Undiagnosed musculoskeletal pain
  • Vasculitis

The rheumatology team works closely with other specialists at Connecticut Children’s to provide comprehensive care for our patients. Depending on your child’s unique medical needs, our rheumatologists may consult with a variety of specialists from allergy and immunology, cancer and blood diseases, cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, nutrition, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, and pulmonary medicine.

Sedation and pain management

Our rheumatology specialists work closely with experts in the department of pain and palliative medicine to provide the necessary sedation services to relieve a child’s pain during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as joint injections, lumbar punctures, and muscle and skin biopsies. The sedation team is a multidisciplinary group with expertise in pediatric sedation. The team works with your child’s physician to provide sedation in a safe and effective manner.

Shriners Hospitals for Children—Springfield

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has formed a relationship with Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts. This affiliation will allow both hospitals to combine clinical resources to expand pediatric services to children throughout New England. Rheumatology is Connecticut Children’s first subspecialty to expand into Massachusetts, offering children with a range of rheumatic conditions exceptional care close to home.