Rainbow Children's Hospital starts paediatric inflammatory disorders clinic

Across India, there are very few centres with a dedicated pediatric rheumatology service

Rainbow Children's Hospital, Inflammatory disorders, Paediatrics, Bengalaru, Dr Chandrika Bhat, Neeraj Lal

With inflammatory disorders rising among kids, Rainbow Children's Hospital (RCH) has set up Bengaluru's first Pediatrics Inflammatory Disorders Clinic at its Marathalli facility. The clinic is dedicated to the care of children and young adults with chronic inflammatory diseases.

Inaugurating the clinic, RCH's vice-president and cluster head Neeraj Lal said that though Inflammatory disorders were not uncommon but due to non-specific symptoms there was usually a delay in diagnosis. "With an inflammatory disorder clinic, we aim to improve the outcomes in such children with timely intervention," he said.

Dr Chandrika Bhat, Consultant-Pediatrics Rheumatology, RCH, said, "Across India, there are very few centres with a dedicated pediatric rheumatology service. We now know that auto-immune and inflammatory disorders are on the rise. In fact, even COVID 19 seems to be associated with an inflammatory syndrome in children."

Dr Bhat added that inflammatory diseases are a constellation of conditions with dysregulation of the immune system as a common feature. “It can affect any part of the body. In children, joints, blood vessels and eyes are some of the commonly affected areas. There has been a rise in inflammatory diseases in children perhaps due to a combination of increased awareness and advances in diagnostic modalities enabling clinicians to diagnose these conditions more easily," she added.

This will be a dedicated center to treat children with chronic inflammatory diseases such as juvenile idopathic arthritis including ankylosing spondylitis and reactive arthritis, uveitis, vasculitis including kawasaki disease and Henoch–Schönlein purpura (HSP), Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), periodic fever syndromes, chronic fatigue and pain syndrome, Scleroderma, Chronic Non-Bacterial Osteomyelitis, Sarcoidosis, Behçet disease, chronic skin diseases such as Psoriasis and Chronic urticaria (CU) and prolonged fever etc.