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Spondyloarthritis Clinic

Location:
555 University Avenue, Clinic 9, Main Floor
Phone:
416-813-7281

About the Clinic

The Juvenile spondyloarthritis (JSpA) clinic at SickKids is the first comprehensive care clinic for children and their families affected by this type of arthritis. The goal of the clinic is early identification, diagnosis and early treatment in order to prevent permanent joint damage. Juvenile spondyloarthritis can be referred to as enthesitis-related arthritis in children.   

A designated Spondyloarthritis Transition Program has been developed in collaboration with the Toronto Western Hospital in order to provide continuous care for children graduating from SickKids. Innovative clinical research is conducted in the clinic. 

Pre-appointment Instructions

What to bring: 

  • Immunization record 
  • Clothing for your child to wear to allow for a full physical exam (T-shirt/tank top and shorts).    

Important pre-appointment instructions: 

If there are any special pre-appointment instructions you will be contacted by clinic staff prior to your visit and provided with full details. 

Directions: 

The Rheumatology Clinic is found in Clinic 9. The waiting and registration area is in the Burton Wing in Room M100. 

From the University Avenue entrance, walk right, down the hallway and turn down the first hallway on your left. We are the first clinic you will find on the right side of the hall. 

From the Elizabeth Street entrance and parking garage elevators, walk west along Main Street towards Shoppers Drug Mart. At the Family Centre turn left. At the end of this hallway you will find our registration and waiting area in front of you. 

What to Expect During Your Visit

Appointments generally last at least one to two and a half hours, and while we do our best to be as efficient as possible, sometimes the waiting time is beyond our control. 

When you arrive in the clinic, you will register your child at the desk. When a clinic room is available your child will be called in for an assessment, which includes, your child’s weight, length and heart rate; review of current medications (if any); and your child’s current physical status. A physician trainee will complete a full review and exam. This will be followed by a review with the staff physician and a discussion of your child’s plan of care. There is an opportunity to be involved in ongoing research in this field. 

More information: 

Visit Division of Rheumatology 

Coming to a clinic appointment

It's important to come prepared and be on time for a clinic appointment. Visit Coming for Clinic Appointments to read appointment guidelines that are applicable for most clinical appointments at SickKids.

You’ll find information on how to prepare and what to bring, what to do if you/your child are sick before your appointment or you need to cancel,  and important things to know about the SickKids philosophy.

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