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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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What are symptoms of dermatomyositis?

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! ...Read more

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Muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis include what?

Muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis include what?

Proximal weakness: Muscle symptoms are related to damage of large, proximal muscle groups (thighs, shoulders) and may include weakness getting out of a chair or bed, weakness reaching above your head or brushing your hair. There may also be muscle pain and soreness. ...Read more

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What are the muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis?

See details: This condition is characterized by weakness of the muscles of the upper arm and thigh often associated with pain or tenderness. Dermatomyositis also is characterized by specific types of rashes especially around joints and the eyelids. ...Read more

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How bad are the muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis?

How bad are the muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis?

Pain issues less....: Dermatomyositis causes death of muscle tissue. Proximal muscle weakness is usually what is first noted. Surprisingly, muscle pain is a much smaller issue. Most often treaated with Methotrexate and/or steroids. ...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

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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. ...Read more

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