Pediatric Rheumatology


Pediatric Rheumatology focuses on the evaluation and care of children with arthritis and related diseases.

There are 80 or more conditions that can be associated with arthritis symptoms, and it is estimated that 300,000 children in the U.S. have one of these conditions.

Although many problems are temporary, prompt identification and appropriate treatment of the more serious or chronic conditions is essential to prevent lifelong damage and consequent pain or disabilities.

At University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, pediatric rheumatologists collaborate with other pediatric medical specialists — including ophthalmologists, dermatologists and orthopaedists — to offer a range of treatments. Such treatments include oral and intravenous anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive therapies; subcutaneous and intravenous biologic response modifiers; physical and occupational therapy; and orthotics.


  • Full range of traditional oral and intravenous anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive therapies (including intravenous immunoglobulins, steroids, methotrexate, cyclophosphamide)
  • Innovative subcutaneous and intravenous biologic response modifiers (e.g., abatacept [Orencia], adalimumab [Humira], etanercept [Enbrel], infliximab [Remicade], anakinra [Kineret], rituximab [Rituxan]
  • Intra-articular steroid injections (joint injections)
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthotics

Clinics & Providers

Conditions we treat

We provide specialty care for (but not limited to):

  • Infection-related arthritis
    • Lyme arthritis
    • Post-infectious arthritis
    • Viral arthritis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
    • Enthesitis-related JIA
    • Oligoarticular JIA
    • Psoriatic JIA
    • Polyarticular JIA
    • Systemic JIA
  • Other rheumatic diseases
    • Behcet’s disease
    • Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes
    • Dermatomyositis
    • Mixed connective tissue disease
    • Periodic fever syndromes
    • Relapsing polychondritis
    • Sjogren’s syndrome
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Systemic scleroderma
    • Systemic vasculitis
  • Other spondyloarthropathy (enthesitis-arthritis) syndromes
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Arthritis of inflammatory bowel disease
    • Reactive arthritis


Central Scheduling: 612.672.7422

Provider Referrals: 612.672.7000

Administrative Offices: 612.884.0600

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