Rheumatic disease is an autoimmune and inflammatory disorder that causes the immune system to attack previously healthy tissues, such as the muscles and joints, with inflammatory chemicals originally meant to fight off infections. As a result, this can cause swelling, pain and tenderness of the joints or soft tissues as well as affect the skin or other organs.
Why Choose Ochsner for Pediatric Rheumatology?
At Ochsner Hospital for Children, the Pediatric Rheumatology team will diagnosis and provide individualized treatment for children and adolescents with rheumatologic disorders. We offer many biological therapies and medications for our patients.
The conditions include:
- Juvenile arthritis
- Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis
- Autoinflammatory disorders
Meet the Team
Pediatric Rheumatologist Jane El-Dahr, MD, is the only dual trained pediatric allergist, immunologist and rheumatologist in the Gulf South region. Our pediatric rheumatologist collaborates with different specialties across the system to provide the highest quality care to our patients. Our multi-disciplinary team consists of a nurse navigator, pediatric ophthalmologist, physical therapist or occupational therapist, psychologist, social worker and dietitian. Your child will have an experienced and dedicated team with them every step of the way.
For Referring Physicians
To initiate a patient transfer with a physician 24/7, contact the Regional Referral Center at 855-OHS-LINK (855-647-5465).
Also, referring physicians can call Clinic Concierge at 1-855-312-4190 or place orders electronically using Ochsner Provider Connect.