Arthritic conditions that occur before a child is 16 years old are classified as juvenile arthritis or childhood arthritis. This autoimmune condition is relatively common and is more prevalent in girls than boys.
Treatment for juvenile arthritis is focused on preserving a normal quality of life by reducing inflammation and increasing mobility. This is usually achieved through anti-inflammatory medication.
Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London.
Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital.
He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach.
Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.
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