National Partners in Research and Treatment
Our pediatric rheumatologists are helping to lead national efforts to better understand how juvenile scleroderma starts and spreads, and the best treatment approaches. As members of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, we helped develop and are now testing a standard approach to treating juvenile localized scleroderma. Our goal is to make sure children with the condition find effective treatment no matter where they live.
Partners with Pediatric Specialists
When necessary, our pediatric rheumatologists partner with other Duke pediatric specialists, including dermatologists and neurologists, to diagnose your child’s condition and to manage skin lesions and other complications.
Support for Your Child and Your Family
Our social worker can help your child cope if skin damage affects their mobility or self-esteem. We can arrange accommodations to help your child keep up with their schoolwork, or provide counseling to children who need help coping with teasing or other social anxieties.
Transition to Adult Care
We help your child transition his or her care to an adult rheumatologist to ensure their care continues as they grow into adulthood.