Dermatomyositis

Common Name(s)

Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis is one of a group of acquired muscle diseases called inflammatory myopathies (disorder of muscle tissue or muscles), which are characterized by chronic muscle inflammation accompanied by muscle weakness. The cardinal symptom is a skin rash that precedes or accompanies progressive muscle weakness.  Dermatomyositis may occur at any age, but is most common in adults in their late 40s to early 60s, or children between 5 and 15 years of age. There is no cure for dermatomyositis, but the symptoms can be treated. Options include medication, physical therapy, exercise, heat therapy (including microwave and ultrasound), orthotics and assistive devices, and rest. The cause of dermatomyositis is unknown.

 

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2010

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The Myositis Association

The mission of the Myositis Association is to: - Provide support to myositis patients and their families - Provide connections between the Medical Advisory Board and the general medical and patient communities - Increase funding to support myositis research

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2013

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Dermatomyositis" for support, advocacy or research.

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

http://www.mdausa.org

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2010

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The Myositis Association

The mission of the Myositis Association is to: - Provide support to myositis patients and their families - Provide connections between the Medical Advisory Board and the general medical and patient communities - Increase funding to support myositis research

http://www.myositis.org

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Dermatomyositis" returned 547 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A case of severe dermatomyositis in an African woman.
 

Author(s): Cassandra Ocampo, Molebedi L Segwagwe, Julian Deonarain, Francesca Cainelli, Sandro Vento

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 May;16(5):329-30.

 

Last Updated: 1 Jul 2014

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Dermatomyositis associated with anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy in a patient with psoriasis.
 

Author(s): Dane Dicaro, Casey Bowen, Scott R Dalton

Journal: J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.. 2014 Mar;70(3):e64-5.

 

Last Updated: 17 Feb 2014

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A case of Wong-type dermatomyositis with concomitant anti-MDA5 features.
 

Author(s): Theresa Canavan, Tivon Sidorsky, Linda T Doan, Roberto R Ricardo-Gonzalez, Guoqiu Shen, Michael D Rosenblum

Journal: J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.. 2014 Mar;70(3):e62-4.

 

Last Updated: 17 Feb 2014

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The terms "Dermatomyositis" returned 43 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Increasing recognition of dermatomyositis with subcutaneous edema - is this a poorer prognostic marker?
 

Author(s): Jenny Tu, Andrew McLean-Tooke, Reimar Junckerstorff

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Subcutaneous edema as a presenting feature of dermatomyositis has infrequently been described and is thought to signify a more aggressive disease course. We report a case involving a 38-year-old man who presented with significant subcutaneous edema involving his neck and upper body; ...

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2014

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A new ELISA for dermatomyositis autoantibodies: rapid introduction of autoantigen cDNA to recombinant assays for autoantibody measurement.
 

Author(s): Yoshinao Muro, Kazumitsu Sugiura, Masashi Akiyama

Journal: Clin. Dev. Immunol.. 2013 ;2013():856815.

 

Advances in immunology, biochemistry, and molecular biology have enabled the development of a number of assays for measuring autoantibodies. ELISA has been widely used, because it can deal with relatively large numbers of serum samples more quickly than other immunologic methods, ...

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2014

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Invasive tracheobronchial aspergillosis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus-dermatomyositis overlap syndrome.
 

Author(s): Mitsuru Sada, Takeshi Saraya, Yasutaka Tanaka, Shinji Sato, Megumi Wakayama, Kazutoshi Shibuya, Takashi Uchiyama, Hideo Ogata, Hajime Takizawa, Hajime Goto

Journal: Intern. Med.. 2013 ;52(18):2149-53.

 

A 45-year-old man was referred to our hospital with a 3-month history of dyspnea, polyarthralgia, myalgia and weight loss. He was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus/dermatomyositis overlap syndrome with lung involvement, which presented as organizing pneumonia. However, a ...

Last Updated: 17 Sep 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Tocilizumab in the Treatment of Refractory Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Dermatomyositis; Polymyositis

 

Last Updated: 21 Jan 2014

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Acthar in Treatment of Refractory Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dermatomyositis; Polymyositis

 

Last Updated: 6 Feb 2014

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Safety and Efficacy of BAF312 in Dermatomyositis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Active Dermatomyositis

 

Last Updated: 15 Sep 2014

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