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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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it necessary that there is an underlying cancer in dermatomyositis and poly myosotis? And does the condition vary from person to person or same?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me about the link of addison's disease and dermatomyositis? I've been tapering for months from 10mg of prednisone and am now down to 5mg.
You seem to be confu: Addison's is not treated with tapered prednisone. Dermatomyositis is. Do you have a cancer causing dermatomyositis? Prednisone may increase fungus infections ; may cause adrenal insufficiency. Be sure you discuss these problems with your drs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a full hysterectomy and now PCOS. I have amyopathic dermatomyositis and read PCOS causes inflammation. Is there a link why I have this disease?
No.: There is no established link between the two ...Read more
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
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