Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
Dr. Sarwat Umer treats children with juvenile arthritis and autoimmune diseases at the Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in the LSU Health Ambulatory Care Center, located on the corner of King’s Highway and Linwood. It is only the second clinic of its kind in the state.
Dr Umer is fellowship trained to treat children with these conditions and is the first ever pediatric rheumatology trained physician to provide these services for children in northwest Louisiana. In addition to chronic arthritis, she cares for children with juvenile lupus, vasculitis, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, autoinflammatory diseases and reactive arthritis. A number of new medications are now available to help children with these conditions.
Early symptoms of juvenile arthritis look like something else: fever, rashes, stiffness, aches and pains. It is important to diagnose children as soon as possible to prevent permanent joint damage.
Studies in the US have reported a prevalence rate of pediatric arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions of up to 400 per 100,000 children. Children with rheumatologic diseases may also need physical therapy and regular care from eye, kidney and other pediatric specialists. Dr. Umer plans to work closely with these specialists as well as the Arthritis Foundation and national groups working on research into childhood rheumatologic diseases. Parents whose children have conditions or symptoms of rheumatologic conditions can be referred to the clinic by their pediatrician.
To reach the clinic, call (318) 675-5955.