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Is dermatomyositis serious?

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.

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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How serious is dermatomyositis for someone?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to live with dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis: 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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How many people have dermatomyositis?

0.6-1 in 100, 000: It is the most common immune-mediated myositis, but still uncommon.

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What are some dermatomyositis exercises?

Exercise for myopath: 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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What predisposes someone to dermatomyositis?

Unclear: One recent study suggests that heavy muscular exertion and emotional stress may be risk factors -- but the totally honest answer is that we don't know.

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What is the definition or description of: Dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis: Literally inflammation of the skin and muscles. 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, part of other syndromes.

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