dermatomyositis

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Dr. Alfred H. Kim answered:

Is dermatomyositis serious?

It can be

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There is a much higher risk of solid organ cancers (lung, colon for example) in patients with DM. Why this is remains unclear.
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what causes dermatomyositis?

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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
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Dr. Craig M. Uhl answered:

What is juvenile dermatomyositis?

Autoimmune likely...

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Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IMM) of presumed autoimmune dysfunction resulting in muscle weakness among other complications. It manifests itself in children; it is the pediatric counterpart of dermatomyositis. In JDM, the body's immune system attacks blood vessels throughout the body, causing inflammation called vasculitis.
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How to live with dermatomyositis?

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You have a rare disease. You should be under the care of a Rheumatologist with experience treating this disease. Dermatomyositis often has long periods of remission and can usually be controlled when active. Working with your doctor is the most important step in living with this disease. It will require medication to treat when active and physical therapy to help with weakness when controlled.
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Can dermatomyositis be prevented?

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There are no preventive measures for Dermatomyositis which is an autoimmune disease that affects skin and muscles. Dermatomyositis follows a viral illness or as autoimmune entity . In few patients it is present with cancer. it also affects lungs, heart and esophagus . It also overlaps at times with lupus. Scleroderma and sjogren's . Diagnosis by muscle /skin biopsy
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what are symptoms of Dermatomyositis?

Weakness and rash!

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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!
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How many people have dermatomyositis?

0.6-1 in 100,000

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It is the most common immune-mediated myositis, but still uncommon.
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What is some Info on dermatomyositis?

Skin & muscles

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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.
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What are the tests for dermatomyositis?

Several.

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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.
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What are some dermatomyositis exercises?

Exercise for myopath

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The first step is to get the disease under control and CPK level to normal. Do not exercise until this is done. Then begin quad strengthening and light weights for the arms. Biceps,triceps,deltoid.
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