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ORLANDO, Fla. — “Most periodontitis cases among children and adolescents occur as manifestation of certain systemic disease with an impaired immune system that compromises their response to microbial plaque,” study author Nancy Delnay, CNP, MSN, RN, wrote in a poster presented at Rheumatology Nurses Annual Conference. Delnay, of Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, sought to determine the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The author looked at a convenience sample of 15 children who had juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and tested positive for rheumatoid factor or cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies. Children were age 10 to 21 years. Disease activity was recorded as low, medium or high; periodontal disease was observed during an oral exam; and Pg was determined by testing a salvia sample, according to the poster. Delnay noted that JIA and periodontal disease are inflammatory diseases that both have redness and swelling.NEXT ARTICLE
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