Recommendation Bacteria / Pathogen Testing by PCR"US Biotek lab offers an Autoimmune/Arthritis Disease Panel (Blood) which tests for the presence of Mycoplasma fermentans, Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Epstein-Barr Virus ( EBV)..."
The most common rheumatic disease of childhood: it is typically diagnosed in children who are less than 16 years old who have arthritis in one or more joints that lasts for 6 or more weeks. There are three major types of JRA: pauciarticular (meaning it affects only a few joints), polyarticular (meaning it affects many joints), and systemic JRA (arthritis associated with high fevers and rash). Within the last few years, a new classification scheme, called JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis), has been proposed, including all of JRA and additional types of childhood arthritis.
The Condition"...Approximately 20% have acute systemic JRA which is characterized by febrile onset, variable joint manifestations, rash, generalized lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, liver disease and, rarely, by GI tract disease..."