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Dermatomyositis, intense inflammation on muscles and skin, no improvement with treatment. How can it be cured?

Hello Doctor, My younger brother who is 17 years old and he is suffering a very bad dermatomyositis which makes him wake with his muscle and flash with skin and my parents sent him to hospital all around China but it seems it s not getting any better. I therefore would like to request that how can this illness be cured and where can we go to for the subjected illness treatment? Thanks!!
Asked On : Wed, 18 Apr 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Jan 2014
Hi. dermatomyositis is an autoimmune connective tissue disease. The main symptoms include skin rash and symmetric proximal muscle weakness which may be accompanied by pain. Skin findings occur in dermatomyositis: Gottrons sign , heliotrope rash, Conflent macular violaceous erythema (shawl sign) over the V area of neck etc

Treatment options available:
Intravenous immunoglobulin
Azathioprine (Imuran)

I would advice a detailed discussion with your dermatologist about the most appropriate therapy with the least side effects.
Answered: Tue, 12 Nov 2013
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