What is Dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis is a connective tissue disorder in which there is a constellation of skin signs like gottron's papules, confluent macular violaceous erythema, photosensitivity etc along with proximal muscle involvement leading to difficulty in standing and raising arms.It is a progressive condition characterized by symmetric proximal muscular weakness with elevated serum levels of muscle enzymes and a skin rash, typically a purplish-red erythema on the face, and edema of the eyelids and periorbital tissue; affected muscle tissue shows degeneration of fibers with a chronic inflammatory reaction; occurs in children and adults, and in the latter may be associated with visceral cancer or other disorders of connective tissue. regards

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my daughter is 13 she has dermatomyositis was diagnosed a week ago after 3 months of testing they have her on chemo shots once a week are they...

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diagnosis of dermatomyositis, itself doesn't require chemotherapy, but it may be associated with other cancer and it may require. hence, you should...

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The constellation of features mentioned. Proximal muscle weakness( difficulty in raising arm,blow drying hair),...

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My mom has dermatomyositis. She has had treatment over the years with steroids, and methotrexate. In the last year her condition is deteriorating...

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