May 3rd 2022, Oskar Welander Angenete, MD, PhD (picture) defended his thesis on imaging in JIA. The results have increased our understanding of imaging findings of the temporomandibular joint
Imaging of the temporomandibular joint in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis; references and novel scoring systems for active and permanent disease
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common, chronic rheumatic disease in children. Globally, there are large variations in incidence, ranging from 1.6-23 per 100 000 children/year and prevalence from 3.8-400 per 100 000 children. The annual incidence in Norway is estimated at 15 per 100 000 children. Disease course and prognosis varies between different categories of JIA, and recent publications indicate that the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is affected in a large proportion of children with JIA. Children diagnosed with JIA are more prone than their peers to develop orofacial pain, growth disturbances of the TMJ, and reduced quality of life.