Thousands of Central Texas kiddos are heading back to school soon. While they will all have a lot on their plates these next few weeks – learning new teachers, making new friends, maybe even having to navigate a new school – children with autoimmune disorders, such as juvenile arthritis (JA), will have additional challenges. JA
Scleroderma is an extremely rare autoimmune disorder that affects approximately 250 out of every one million Americans. It is estimated that there are around 5,000 to 7,000 children currently diagnosed with it in the United States. The word scleroderma literally translates to ‘hard skin’. This condition is known for dense, thick scar tissue that develops
According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 25,000 children and adolescents have lupus, or a related disorder. Lupus is a condition that board-certified pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Ruy Carrasco and pediatric nurse practitioner Shelby Brooks, CPNP-PC treat frequently here at Pediatric Rheumatology Consultants. As May is Lupus Awareness Month, we want to share what we know about
Board-certified pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Ruy Carrasco and his team are amazing at what they do in person in the clinic caring for young patients, day in and day out. This is, however, just one aspect of his job. Dr. Carrasco also devotes a considerable amount of time to medical research that helps others in this
Many of our patient families have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for their children with autoimmune or autoinflammatory conditions. Board-certified pediatric rheumatologist, Dr. Ruy Carrasco and Shelby Brooks, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, have compiled the most frequently asked questions from families and addressed them here. These are unusual times and there is little we can say with 100% certainty.
What comes to mind when you hear the word lupus? Do you know whether it’s a serious condition or not? Have you heard if there is a cure for it? Maybe you wonder if kids can get it too, or it’s just an adult’s disease? Lupus is an autoimmune disorder— meaning instead of the body’s