Imaging findings of pediatric rheumatologic emergencies

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Feb;204(2):428-39. doi: 10.2214/AJR.14.13092.


OBJECTIVE. Pediatric rheumatologic diseases can present with a wide spectrum of clinical features, affecting any organ in the body and causing significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of this review is to emphasize the diagnostic imaging findings of pediatric rheumatologic emergencies and to discuss their pertinent complications. CONCLUSION. Because of their multiorgan and multisystem involvement, pediatric rheumatologic diseases comprise a wide spectrum of differential diagnosis. Although the diagnosis may generally not be time critical, for a few conditions, prompt recognition is crucial to preserving organ function or the patient's life [ 1 ].

Keywords: children; emergency; radiology; rheumatologic disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Emergencies
  • Humans
  • Rheumatic Diseases / complications
  • Rheumatic Diseases / diagnosis*