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Polymyositis Definition & Overview

Definition

Polymyositis is a disease of the muscles. It usually affects the muscles closest to the trunk of the body. However, it may affect muscles anywhere in the body. The muscles become inflamed or swollen. This causes pain. The disease is progressive and starts slowly. If untreated, the muscles gradually become weaker. The pain in the muscles also increases.

Front Muscles of Trunk

Trunk Core Muscles
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This rare disease is believed to be an autoimmune disorder. Your immune system is your body’s defense system. It fights diseases and infections. In this case your immune system attacks your own muscle tissue by mistake.

The sooner the disease is treated, the better the outcome. If you suspect you have this condition, contact your doctor.

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 © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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