Karen  Brandt Onel, MD

Karen Brandt Onel, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery

Chief of Pediatric Rheumatology

Expertise: pediatric rheumatology

Chief of Pediatric Rheumatology at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Karen Onel, MD, cares for children and teens with arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. In particular, she diagnoses and treats: lupus, juvenile arthritis, vasculitis, uveitis (an inflammatory disorder of the eye), chronic non-infectious osteomyelitis, dermatomyositis and the periodic fever syndromes. Her goal is to work with the patient and his/her family to create a long-term care plan that will lead to improved quality of life.

Dr. Onel's research focuses on gaining a greater understanding of the causes of rheumatic illnesses, as well as evaluating the safety and tolerability of new treatments. She is collaborating with other institutions to define evidence-based best treatment practices for children with JIA, SLE, and recurrent non-infectious osteomyelitis.

Dr. Onel has authored numerous papers, reviews, and book chapters on pediatric rheumatology. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals, including Arthritis and Rheumatism, Lupus, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, and Pediatric Rheumatology. Pediatrics, Rheumatology

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Improving the Diagnosis of Chronic Nonbacterial Osteomyelitis, an Underdiagnosed Chronic Autoinflammatory Syndrome

Researchers have identified several factors that should help improve the diagnosis of chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis (CNO), also known as chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO). The new study was presented at the virtual annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.
08-Nov-2020 09:00:16 AM EST

Children with Arthritis Living in Less Affluent Families More Likely to Report Longer Duration of Morning Joint Stiffness

Children with arthritis affecting five or more joints, called polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (polyarticular JIA), living in less affluent families were twice as likely to report more than an hour of morning joint stiffness, compared to their counterparts from more affluent families, according to a study by investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Parents and physicians should be aware that morning joint stiffness may indicate early disease symptoms of polyarticular JIA and serve as a more reliable indicator than pain.
07-Nov-2020 09:00:47 AM EST

"The reason we conducted this study is that for patients with CRMO or CNO, there is often an enormous delay between first symptoms to diagnosis, because it is confused with many other things," said study coauthor Karen Brandt Onel, MD.

- Improving the diagnosis of chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis

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