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Polymyositis Dermatomyositis Antibody Panel
Polymyositis is inflammation of the muscles. It is considered an autoimmune disease and which ones on inflammatory cells targeted their activity against muscle cells. This may be associated with fatigue and muscle weakness. There are several treatment options routinely use by a rheumatologists. I'm happy to do ...Read more
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
What are the antibodies that determine amyopathic dermatomyositis? What tests should I ask for if has gone into scheloderma?
Clinical diagnoses: These are really clinical diagnoses. Antibodies may provide additional information, but do not determine diagnosis. ...Read more
Rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist or neuromuscular specialist. First to confirm that this indeed is the right diagnosis, and second, to evaluate the needs for medicines. Immunosuppressives are used to control disease activity. ...Read more
Local rheumatolgist: Polymyositis is an autoimmune muscle disease that left untreated can cause severe muscle weakness and atrophy of skeletal and involuntary smooth muscles. Treatment begins with cortisone and can advance to include oral immunosuppressive and newer intravenous immunosuppressive and biologic medicines all of which are availabe in the doctor's office or hospital. Physical therapy is critical. ...Read more
Unlikely: Was the diagnosis confirmed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: On the course of the disease, organ involvement, baseline health status, the aggressiveness of the condition, and many other factors (response to treatment, etc.). ...Read more
Different diseases: Both are muscle diseases that are difficult to treat, polymyositis tending to affect shoulders and hips, inclusion body mysoitis the forearms. Polymyositis is the more treatable, but the more likely to become very serious, we know something of its cause unlike inclusion body myositis. Under the microscope they look different. Both are difficult and I wish you good luck and courage. ...Read more
Different: Dermatomyositis is a condition that causes muscle and skin problems. Symptoms include rash, skin changes/discolorations, muscle weakness, fatigue, and muscle pain. Arthritis is a generic term that refers to joint inflammation. It does not usually affect muscle or skin, and typically causes joint pain, stiffness, and sometimes deformity. They are treated differently. A rheumatologist can help. ...Read more
Yes: Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) is an immunosuppressant drug used to treat a variety if conditions. In rheumatology it is most commonly used to treat certain types of lupus. Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) has been used successfully to treat dermatomyositis. It can help lower and or eliminate the steroid dose. ...Read more
Hello docs. I was wondering can ulcerative colitis or polymyositis be contagious or communicable?
No evidence: To suggest that either condition is contagious or communicable, although they can run in families. ...Read more
I think I have a rare auto immune disease called juvenile dermatomyositis. Can someone tell me what this is?
Different in adults: Dermatomyositis can be a very severe disease causing muscle damage and chronic rashes (months to years). However, in adults there is a risk for more serious disease. If you think you may have dermatomyositis, please discuss this with your doctor. Some simple tests and a good physical exam should help decide. ...Read more
Can dermatomyositis present with rash only in scalp? I awaiting a biopsy but I thought it had to be wide spread?
How do you r/o lupus (sle & discoid), fibromylagia, polymyositis, and sjogren's syndrome from each other? What other tests can we do?
Too complicated.: These diseases are difficult to distinguish at times and often require observation and repeated testing over time. The biggest clue is the clinical symptoms and lab testing provides confirmatory support. If you do not have significant symptoms, there may not be any more testing you need to do at this time. ...Read more
Diagnosed w/Dermatomyositis last year, then Tumid Lupus and Raynaud's. Was just diagnosed w/Dysphagia. How does that change the general prognosis?
DX w/Dermatomyositis 18 months ago @ 31. Dysphagia and short of breath started about 4 months ago. What's my best, educated prognosis/survival rates?
Learn more: Nobody here can give you betting odds without knowing your full history. The inflammatory myopathies can run with pulmonary fibrosis or your shortness of breath may have a different cause. You'd do best to become an expert on your illness -- a true pro-active patient who reads the real scientific literature. It's best for you and your physicians. Try to get into a research study. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can having dermatomyositis cause asthma symptoms? Diagnosised 2 years ago with asthma, now dm. Just looking to see if there's a connection. Thank you
Nop: There is no connection.Get a more detailed answer ›
My husband may have polymyositis, can this be treated and will he get back to normal. He cannot take Corticosteroids because of chronic kidney disease?
Auto immune disease: Polymyositis belongs to a class of illnesses known as auto immune. Other diseases in this category include lupus erythematosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The order of business is first to make a diagnosis which includes a good history and physical as well as lab and xray. There are treatments Best to call a rheumatologist ...Read more
Depends on severity: Steroids are the mainstay of treatment but have short and long term side effects this must be weighed against how well the ttreatment controls the disease the " chemotherapy " is the second line drugs used to control the disease if steroids fail or become too toxic the most common drug is Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) that comes in an oral or IV form more nove, agents such as rituximabstill have used that do not hav. ...Read more
It coud help but: Colostrum is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals (including humans) in late pregnancy. Most species will generate colostrum just prior to giving birth. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease, as well as being lower in fat and higher in protein than ordinary milk. ...Read more
Big difference: Polymyositis is a hyperallergic inflammation of the muscles with rapid wasting and debility. It responds well to systemic steroids and some other support pharmaceuticals. Naturopathy has nothing to offer for this condition. You need to see a rheumatologist as soon as possible to prevent serious complications. ...Read more
Would start with finding out all the rheumatologists in my area. Then, can go to their practice website to see if they treat the specific medical condition.
Dermatomyositis is typically in the conditions treated by most rheumatologists.
Here is a link to help you find a rheumatologist jn your area.
https://www.rheumatology.org/Directories/Find-a-Rheumatologist ...Read more