Rheumatology International

, Volume 33, Issue 9, pp 2315–2322 | Cite as

Prevalence of juvenile idiopathic arthritis in Sharkia Governorate, Egypt: epidemiological study

  • Amany M. Abou El-Soud
  • Amany R. El-NajjarEmail author
  • Eman E. El-Shahawy
  • Hanan A. Amar
  • Tamer H. Hassan
  • Somia H. Abd-Allaha
  • Hosnia M. Ragab
Original Article


Our objective was to determine the prevalence juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in Sharkia Governorate, Egypt. Population-based study was performed to identify the prevalence of JIA in Sharkia Governorate, Egypt, between November 2009 and November 2010. Prevalence of JIA was 3.43 per 100,000 (95 % CI 3.1–4.3). Prevalence in boys was 2.58 per 100,000 (95 % CI 2.4–3.6) and in girls 4.33 per 100,000 (95 % CI 3.3–5.1). Uveitis presented in 19.7 % of cases, antinuclear antibody in 48.5 %, and rheumatoid factor in 27.2 %. Oligoarthritis representing 52.2 % of the total population, and enthesitis-related arthritis presented only in 6 patients. No cases of undifferentiated arthritis or psoriatic arthritis were found. This is the first epidemiological study of JIA in Sharkia, Egypt. Oligoarthritis was the most common subtype.


Prevalence Juvenile idiopathic arthritis Sharkia Egypt 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amany M. Abou El-Soud
    • 1
  • Amany R. El-Najjar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eman E. El-Shahawy
    • 1
  • Hanan A. Amar
    • 1
  • Tamer H. Hassan
    • 2
  • Somia H. Abd-Allaha
    • 3
  • Hosnia M. Ragab
    • 4
  1. 1.Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of MedicineZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt
  2. 2.Pediatric Department, Faculty of MedicineZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt
  3. 3.Medical Biochemistry Department, Faculty of MedicineZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt
  4. 4.Community Medicine, Faculty of MedicineZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt

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