Pediatric rheumatologists at Dell Children's in Central Texas provide advanced care for children with autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

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Pediatric rheumatology at Dell Children's

Pediatric rheumatologists at Dell Children's Medical Center at Ascension Seton in Central Texas have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage the care of children with complex autoinflammatory and autoimmune conditions. 

Diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions

Rheumatic conditions are caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks organ systems such as the joints, muscles or skin. Symptoms of these conditions can include unexplained fever, joint pain and stiffness, joint swelling and rash.

Your child’s rheumatologist starts by listening to you and your child. Diagnostic tests such as blood tests, ultrasound, X-ray and MRI may be used to help diagnose your child’s condition. Then, we work with you to create a care plan that’s right for your child. Medication is usually recommended to help treat rheumatic disorders – including oral medications, injections and infusions. We also provide ultrasound-guided injections, which allow your child’s doctor to visualize where the medication is going and deliver the medication with greater precision. And if rehabilitation therapy is part of your child’s care plan, we connect you with pediatric specialists in physical and occupational therapy.

Conditions treated include:

  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Periodic fever syndromes
  • Henoch-Schönlein purpura
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Juvenile polymyositis
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Lupus and related conditions
  • Morphea
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Noninfectious uveitis (eye inflammation)
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)

Multispecialty care teams

When you choose Dell Children’s for your child’s care, your family is connected to the most pediatric specialists in Central Texas. That means if your child’s condition is related to another health concern, we work with other pediatric specialists at Dell Children’s Medical Center to deliver comprehensive care. Our rheumatologists collaborate with pediatric specialists in dermatology, nephrology, immunology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, hematology and oncology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, surgery, physical therapy and more.

What sets us apart

Caring for the whole child

Certified child life specialists work with your family to create a care plan that supports your child’s emotional health and well-being.

Nephrology clinic

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a type of lupus that affects the kidneys. For children with this type of lupus, we work with pediatric nephrologists at Dell Children’s to provide treatment and ongoing care.

Dermatology clinic

For children with rheumatic conditions that affect their skin or who have an unexplained rash, we work with pediatric dermatologists at Dell Children’s.