What Are the Symptoms of Juvenile Dermatomyositis?

Q:
What are the symptoms of juvenile dermatomyositis?

A:
Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is a rare multisystem disorder of autoimmune aetiology characterized by an aseptic inflammation of the skin and striated muscles.

The symptoms and signs of acute and chronic JDM may include:

Acute type

  • Ÿ   Fever
  • Ÿ   Malaise
  • Ÿ   Characteristic heliotrope rash on the upper eyelids
  • Ÿ   Erythematous rash over the dorsal aspects of the MCP joints (Gottron’s sign) and on the chest
  • Ÿ   Symmetrically painful/tender muscles with weakness, most marked proximally
  • Ÿ   Difficulty swallowing solid food (dysphagia)

Chronic type

Ÿ   Arthralgia, possibly arthritis

Ÿ   Weakness, falls and stumbling

Ÿ   Inability to climb stairs and do press-ups

Ÿ   Soft tissue calcification in the limbs

 

Please consult your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.

 

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