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Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis

Childhood dermatomyositis describes a group of muscle diseases characterized by chronic muscle inflammation followed by progressive muscle weakness.

Symptoms

  • Skin rash (patchy and bluish/purple or red) that precedes or accompanies muscle weakness.
  • Swelling in the affected area
  • Calcium deposits

Diagnosis

Careful clinical evaluation to determine the cause of the symptoms.

Treatment

There is no cure for dermatomyositis, but you can treat the symptoms with medication, physical therapy, exercise, heat therapy and rest. Medications include corticosteroids, immunosuppressant drugs and topical ointments.

Dermatomyositis is treated by our Division of Pediatric Rheumatology