Dermatomyositis & Polymyositis
What are Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis?
They are a group of conditions in which there is inflammation of
the muscles. Resulting disability is very variable: sometimes
weakness is mild but at the other extreme there may be major
disability. Generally speaking, polymyositis (PM) and
dermatomyositis (DM) respond to treatment. DM occurring in
childhood may have important differences and a separate web page is
available entitled 'Juvenile Dermatomyositis'. Inclusion Body
Myositis (IBM) is another important cause of chronic muscle
inflammation, mainly in older male subjects and is also dealt with
in another web page. With very rare exceptions PM and DM are not
inherited. Both PM and DM can affect individuals at any age.
For more information about Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
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This page was reviewed 19 Feb 2016