Synovectomy or tenosynovectomy and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Synovectomy involves the surgical removal of the joint lining (synovium) and/or the covering of the tendon (tenosynovectomy) to reduce joint inflammation. Synovectomy is generally not advised for children whose joints and bones are still growing. Recovery following synovectomy can be a long, painful process.

Last Updated: June 25, 2008

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology

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