Care at NUH

Paediatric Rheumatology

2024/07/15

The Paediatric Rheumatology team at NUH is dedicated to delivering comprehensive care to children and adolescents up to 18 years old with a wide range of paediatric rheumatologic and inflammatory diseases. We welcome referrals from polyclinics, general practitioners and other doctors. Private patients may self-refer or be referred by their own doctor. 

Collaborating with healthcare providers from physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and coordinating care with specialists in ophthalmology, nephrology, gastroenterology and dermatology, our multi-disciplinary approach ensures that each child receives comprehensive and coordinated care from childhood to adulthood. 

Our Team

Our team comprises paediatricians specialising in rheumatology and a speciality nurse focused on holistic patient care. The goal is to maintain the functionality and independence of children and adolescents with rheumatologic conditions and musculoskeletal problems by controlling disease activity, with a keen focus on their growth, development, and overall well-being. 

Head of Division 

Senior Consultant 

  • Adj Associate Professor Elizabeth Ang

Consultant 

Visiting Consultant 

  • Dr Ooi Pei Ling 

Specialty Nurse 

  • Nurse Clinician Wendy Lim 

Our Services

Rheumatology specialises in conditions affecting the joints, muscles, bones or tendons, often involving autoimmune or inflammatory disorders.  Rheumatologic conditions affect not just the musculoskeletal system, since inflammation can affect any organ in the body.  

As a referral centre serving Southeast Asia and beyond, we offer a complete range of services for evaluating and treating children with paediatric rheumatic diseases. These include, but are not limited to: 

Arthritis including Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Post-Infectious or Reactive Arthritis, or arthritis secondary to other conditions 
Connective tissue diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE, also known as "lupus") or Mixed Connective Tissue Disease 
Inflammatory myopathies such as Juvenile Dermatomyositis, polymyositis 
Systemic vasculitides such as Kawasaki's Disease, Henoch Schönlein Purpura (now known as IgA vasculitis), Polyarteritis Nodosa, Takayasu's Arteritis 
Morphea and Scleroderma 
Inflammatory disorders of the eye (uveitis, orbital inflammatory syndrome), brain (CNS Vascultiis), liver or blood etc. 
Prolonged or recurrent fevers 
Periodic fevers and autoinflammatory syndromes 
Hypermobility syndrome 
Fibromyalgia 
Unexplained chronic musculoskeletal pain, weakness, poor appetite, fatigue, loss of function or skills 
Unexplained symptoms of rash, anaemia or weight loss 
Other rare and undiagnosed rheumatologic or chronic pain conditions 

Our programme offers diverse treatment options for these conditions, which can be painful and sometimes debilitating. 

What To Expect At Your First Appointment

At the first appointment, a paediatric rheumatologist will conduct a comprehensive review of the child’s medical condition, including history-taking, physical examination and a discussion the diagnosis and therapy. Blood tests and scans may be performed as required. 

Treatment options include anti-inflammatory medications, immunomodulatory or immunosuppressive medicines, biologic therapy and intra-articular joint injections. Emphasising holistic care, we empower our patients through disease education and encourage maintaining joint mobility and muscle strength through physiotherapy and occupational therapy. 

 

Find Us

Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical Institute 

For directions to the Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical Institute, including access via MRT, drop-off points and parking information, click here.

For more information on our paediatric clinic or contact details, click here. 

To make an appointment online, click here.

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