25 Jan 2013

Juvenile arthritis hospital admissions up

9:34 am on 25 January 2013

The number of children admitted to hospital with arthritis in Australia has tripled over the past decade.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare said juvenile arthritis affects less than 1% of Australian children, but is more common in girls than boys.

The ABC reports the hospitalisation rate of children aged up to 15, tripled between 2000 - 2010, but the institute said it was hard to pinpoint exactly why.

Much of the increase was for same-day admissions.