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What kind of condition is dermatomyositis?

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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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Dermatomyositis (Definition)

Dermatomyositis is a disease of the connective tissues of the muscle and skin, causing ...Read more


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Hello docs, is dermatomyositis an immune disease?

Yes: Dermatomyositis (dm) is a disease when the immune system inappropriatly attacks the skin and the muscles. Typical symptoms include a characteristic rash and muscle weakness. Some patients have other organ involvement such as the lungs. ...Read more

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Is dermatomyositis an auto-immune disease?

Is dermatomyositis an auto-immune disease?

Yes: It is an inflammatory myopathy, a disease in which the immune system launches an attack on the body's muscles. The primary symptom is weakness, not pain. In dermatomyositis, the immune system also causes various skin rashes. ...Read more

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Is dermatomyositis an autoimmune disease?

Is dermatomyositis an autoimmune disease?

Dermatomyositis: Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease that affects skin and muscles. Anti body associated with this is anti-jo a/b . 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 more

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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

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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 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