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We are referents in the integral treatment of pediatric rheumatic diseases.

The Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Unit of SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a national and international referral centre in the treatment of paediatric rheumatic diseases. Offering the best treatments allows us to improve the quality of life of the children and adolescents who visit our hospital. We offer multidisciplinary care that addresses all aspects of the disease and the needs of the patient and his/her family. For this reason, we work closely with other specialties. Created more than 25 years ago, our Unit has currently the largest Paediatric Rheumatology team in Spain. We care for more than 2,000 patients, of which more than 650 have Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). We perform more than 600 new assessments every year.

The Paediatric Rheumatology Unit of SJD is accredited by the European Union as an ERN ReCONNET reference center as specialists in rare and complex diseases of the connective and musculoskeletal tissue and ERN RITA on autoinflammatory disorders and rheumatology. We are also accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Health as a reference center (CSUR) for the treatment of autoinflammatory diseases and systemic autoimmune diseases. In Catalonia, it has been designated by the Catalan Government as a unit of clinical excellence (UEC) together with the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, and is part of the Networks of Units of Clinical Excellence (XUEC, in its acronym in Catalan) in immune diseases, both in the area of autoinflammatory diseases and in the area of systemic autoimmune diseases.

What is Paediatric Rheumatology

Paediatric Rheumatology is the medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases of the musculoskeletal system and other autoimmune diseases in children or adolescents.

What makes us different

Our experience, the size of our team, our research lines and clinical trials, in which our Paediatric Rheumatology Unit participates, allow us to comprehensively meet the needs of our patients and their families.

We are referents in the integral treatment of pediatric rheumatic diseases

Some of the most commonly treated diseases at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital include:

Youth idiopathic arthritis and other inflammatory arthritis

The most common rheumatic disease in children. Appropriate early treatment prevents the onset of sequelae.

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Systemic lupus erythematosus

This is an autoimmune disease that can affect multiple organs. Working together with numerous specialists is very important.

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Autoinflammatory diseases

Diseases with a complex diagnosis characterised by recurrent fevers. We are at the forefront of their genetic study and treatment.

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At the forefront of knowledge

We believe in research-supported care, which is why we are participating in more than twenty clinical trials with new drugs to seek new treatments for our patients. At the same time, we are also developing our own research lines and collaborate in a network with the main national and international centres specialised in Paediatric Rheumatology. As a result of this collaboration, we have published high impact scientific articles.

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Our results

Follow-up of patients with JIA
New assessments
Ongoing clinical trials
Data from 2019

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