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Conditions

Understanding your child's condition is an important step on your treatment journey. Learn more about causes, symptoms and diagnosis for a variety of conditions, as well as unique treatments and research being performed at Children's National.

Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare – but serious – condition that affects the nervous system. 

Bone and Joint Infections

Bone infections, or osteomyelitis, involve inflammation of the bone, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Learn more about this condition.

Fever of Unknown Origin

The body has several ways to maintain normal body temperature. The organs involved in helping with temperature regulation include the brain, skin, muscle, and blood vessels.

Influenza

Influenza (flu) is a very contagious viral infection that affects the air passages of the lungs. Learn more about this condition.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Learn more about this condition.

Meningitis

Meningitis is a swelling (inflammation) of the thin membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord. Learn more about this condition.

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (Staph and MRSA)

Staphylococcus (Staph) is a germ that lives in our noses and on our skin. An infection can happen when the skin is open from a scratch or cut or an insect bite. MRSA are Staphylococcus bacteria that have become resistant to certain antibiotics, like penicillin, amoxicillin or augmentin.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is an ongoing infection caused by bacteria. Learn about the causes and risks of tuberculosis and its various stages of infection and disease in children.