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Dermatomyositis Definition & Overview


Dermatomyositis is a noninfectious inflammation of muscle tissue and skin.

Dermatomyositis and its sister disease, polymyositis , belong to a large category of connective tissue disorders that include lupus erythematosus , rheumatoid arthritis , and scleroderma (systemic sclerosis).

They are all believed to represent “autoimmune disorders,” where the body launches an attack against its own tissue. These chronic, progressive conditions lead to tissue destruction. They are potentially serious conditions that require care from your doctor. The sooner these disorders are treated, the more favorable the outcome. If you suspect you have dermatomyositis, contact your doctor immediately.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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