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Doctor insights on: Amyopathic Dermatomyositis

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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Dermatomyositis (Definition)

A very broad term generally encompassing otherwise uncharacterized general malaise, soreness, and fatigue.. A variety of causes has been implicated over the years: viral, autoimmune, ...Read more


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I have amyopathic dermatomyositis and have a full mask CPAP machine for 3 months. Could that cause under eye ereythema? I've had it for 3 weeks now.

I have amyopathic dermatomyositis and have a full mask CPAP machine for 3 months. Could that cause under eye ereythema? I've had it for 3 weeks now.

Possible air leak: Sometimes the mask has an air leak, and if the air is dry, it may dry the eyes out overnight. A proper fitting mask would help. Sometimes dermatomyositis is associated with changes in the coloration of the eyelids also. ...Read more

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What are dermatologists review on using extra virgin coconut oil and banana peels for adult acne? I have amyopathic dermatomyositis and rosacea.

What are dermatologists review  on using extra virgin coconut oil and banana peels for adult acne? I have amyopathic  dermatomyositis  and rosacea.

NOT in USA: These agents have been not evaluated in the usa to the best of my knowledge but have been used extensively in countries such as india for burn wounds. ...Read more

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With having amyopathic dermatomyositis and acne rosacea at the same time, can I have laser therapy for the acne scars or what treatment would work?

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With having amyopathic  dermatomyositis and acne rosacea at the same time, can I have laser therapy for the acne scars or what treatment  would work?

Lasers for scars: Your question is a little unclear as in rosacea there is not usually acne scars. Perhaps you meant acne vulgaris rather than acne rosacea. Anyway, you would be able in most circumstances to be able to receive laser for the redness of rosacea or laser for acne scars. ...Read more

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Is dermatomyositis serious?

It can be: There is a much higher risk of solid organ cancers (lung, colon for example) in patients with dm. Why this is remains unclear. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of dermatomyositis?

Weakness and rash!: Dermatomyositis has characteristicc rashes: heliotrope, gottren's, etc. A rheumatologist or dermatologist will recognize this. Proximal muscle weakness is the first evidence of muscular disease, and a doctor will check your cpk, which would be elevated. Pts may also experience raynaud's syndrome, and internal organ involvement can occur. It is a serious disease! ...Read more

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What is some info on dermatomyositis?

Skin & muscles: Dermatomyositis is a connective-tissue disease, ranging from mild to severe. Milder cases involve only inflammation of the muscles and the skin, while more severe cases also may affect the joints, esophagus, lungs, and even the heart in rare cases. Treatment is difficult but possible, and often effective in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dermatomyositis?

Several.: While a muscle biopsy is most definitive, emgs, elevation of muscle enzymes, positive ana, reflexed to specific autoantibodies frequently seen in dm. But the clinical picture is most telling. This diseasec should be managed by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is dermatomyositis?

Autoimmune: It is an autoimmune disease with the collagen vascular diseases and is treated by rheumatologist. It affects skin and muscle with proximal muscle weakness of the hips and shoulders. Diagnosis is made by muscle weakness, typical rash on face and hands, muscle biopsy , skin biopsy, and blood tests. Treatment is oral steroids and steroid sparing drugs such as cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) imuran, methotrexate. ...Read more

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How serious is dermatomyositis for someone?

Check it out: Dermatomyositis is a disease that can affect the skin, muscles. It can range from mild to very severe. When someone is diagnoses with dermatomyositis, the doctor should do a work up for underlying cancer, because about 25% of cases are associated with an underlying malignancy. See a dermatologist if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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Is having dermatomyositis considered a disability?

No: Dm is a treatable disease, and we attempt to restore the patient's quality of life back to pre-diagnosis. Only if the conventional treatments fail do I consider having the patient apply for disability. ...Read more

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With dermatomyositis what else should I be looking for?

Malignancy: Dermatomyositis can be associated with cancer 5 years prior to diagnosis or 5 years after diagnosi. A workup for breast stomach, ovary and other cancers is be essay. Discuss with treating doctor as well as side effects of medications. ...Read more

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What are polymyositis and dermatomyositis?

Muscle inflammation: Both conditions are fundamentally a reaction of the immune system that generates inflammation within the body's muscles. The main difference between dermatomyositis and polymyositis is that dermatomyositis has a unique rash but in most other clinical areas they have a rather close similarity to each other. ...Read more

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Trying for earlier than april appt. Can walk but barely. The longer i wait, the less strength that could return with dermatomyositis when treated?

Trying for earlier than april appt. Can walk but barely. The longer i wait, the less strength that could return with dermatomyositis when treated?

See details: I believe a answered a similar question from you previously. Please do what ever you can to get a rheumatology appointment asap. If not see a neurologist if you can. Above all, start treatment now. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dermatomyositis?

What is the treatment for dermatomyositis?

Several: Traditionally higher dose oral steroid regimens have been use, looking for a reduction in cpk, a muscle enzyme and maker for disease activity. Methotreaxate is used quite frequently, and so are azothiprine and cyclophosphamde. My frence is to inject high dose steroids intravenously for three days and to start s.C. Methotrexate. No one regimen works for all. ...Read more

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What is the recommended treatment for dermatomyositis?

What is the recommended treatment for dermatomyositis?

See below: There's no cure for dermatomyositis, but treatment can improve your skin and your muscle strength and function. The earlier treatment is started in the course of dermatomyositis, the more effective it is, leading to fewer complications. Corticosteroids additional immunosuppressive therapies biological therapies other treatment approaches see below link for more details. ...Read more

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What causes dermatomyositis?

What causes  dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis: The cause of dermatomyositis is unknown. Experts think it may be due to a viral infection of the muscles or a problem with the body's immune system. It can also sometimes occur in patients who have cancer of the abdomen, lung or other body area. Anyone can develop dermatomyositis, but it most commonly occurs in children age 5 - 15 and adults age 40 - 60. Women develop this condition more often. ...Read more