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Unexplained Weight Loss in Children

Weight loss, swollen joints, and rashes can be a sign of rheumatologic diseases such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. This is an uncommon but possible cause of weight loss in children.

During the time your child has been losing weight, has he or she been getting a lot of infections, such as pneumonia, sinusitis, ear infections, or skin infections?

No, my child hasn't been getting a lot of infections.

Yes, my child has been getting a lot of infections.

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