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How is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) diagnosed?

To diagnose juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), doctors have to run tests. Usually, the doctors suspect it’s JIA from people's symptoms and from examining them. Doctors may also do tests such as a blood test and urine test to look for different causes of arthritis, including infection. They may also do tests, like an ultrasound, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), an x-ray or a bone scan, that look inside people's joints. Not everyone needs all of these tests. It’s different for everyone.

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