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Dermatomyositis: 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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