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Dermatomyositis (DM) is a connective-tissue disease related to polymyositis (PM) that is characterized by inflammation of the muscles and the skin. While DM most frequently affects the skin and muscles, it is a systemic disorder that may also affect the joints, the esophagus, the lungs, and the heart. In the United States, the incidence of DM is estimated at 5.5 cases per million people.


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Basic information: health line dermatomyositis medline plus dermatomyositis mayoclinic dermatomyositis merck manuals(professional version) polymyositis and dermatomyositis mda dermatomyositis nhs uk dermatomyositis rheumatology dermatomyositis (juvenile) british association of dermatologist dermatomyositis cleveland clinic juvenile dermatomyositis american osteopathic college of dermatology dermatomyositis cedars sinai dermatomyositis web md dermatomyositis university of maryland medical center dermatomyositis health central dermatomyositis health grades dermatomyositis disabled world dermatomyositis inner body dermatomyositis the atlantic health system dermatomyositis


Advanced information: medscape dermatomyositis dermnet nz dermatomyositis patient myositis - polymyositis and dermatomyositis dermatomyositis ric anthony koler, maj, mc, usa, fox army health center, redstone arsenal, alabama andrew montemarano, maj, mc, usa, walter reed army medical center, washington, d.c. Am fam physician. 2001 nov 1;64(9):1565-1573. national organisation for rare diseases dermatomyositis diagnosis and differential diagnosis of dermatomyositis and polymyositis in adults radiopedia dermatomyositis physiopedia dermatomyositis pathology outlines dermatomyositis learning radiology dermatomyositis medscape current management of dermatomyositis: diagnostic criteria erin vermaak, md; neil mchugh, md faculty and disclosures cme released: 04/03/2012; valid for credit through 04/03/2013

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Research: idiopathic inflammatory myopathies and the lung jeanchristophe lega, quitterie reynaud, alexandre belot, nicole fabien, isabelle durieu, vincent cottin european respiratory review 2015 24: 216-238; doi: 10.1183/16000617.00002015 alexandra maria giovanna brunasso, werner aberer, and cesare massone, “new onset of dermatomyositis/polymyositis during anti-tnf-a therapies: a systematic literature review,” the scientific world journal, vol. 2014, article id 179180, 9 pages, 2014. Doi:10.1155/2014/179180 tayfun akalin, hatice akkaya, baris büke, and ibrahim koçak, “a case of new-onset dermatomyositis in the second trimester of pregnancy: a case report and review of the literature,” case reports in obstetrics and gynecology, vol. 2016, article id 6430156, 6 pages, 2016. Doi:10.1155/2016/6430156 interstitial lung disease in an adult patient with dermatomyositis and anti-nxp2 autoantibody morgane gossez, marianne levesque, chahéra khouatra, vincent cottin, lorna garnier, nicole fabien european respiratory review 2015 24: 370-372; doi: 10.1183/16000617.00006714 : sanner h, schwartz t, flatø b, vistnes m, christensen g, et al. (2014) increased levels of eotaxin and mcp-1 in juvenile dermatomyositis median 16.8

Years after disease onset; associations with disease activity, duration and organ damage. Plos one 9(3): e92171. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092171 alexandra caitlin perel-winkler and chris t. Derk, “diffuse cutaneous mucinosis in dermatomyositis: a case report and review of the literature,” case reports in dermatological medicine, vol. 2014, article id 938414, 6 pages, 2014. Doi:10.1155/2014/938414 zhang l, wu g, gao d, liu g, pan l, ni l,et al. (2016) factors associated with interstitial lung disease in patients with polymyositis and dermatomyositis: a systematic review and metaanalysis.plos one 11(5): e0155381. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155381 : chen s, wang q, wu z, wu q, li p, et al. (2014) associations between tnf-a-308a/g polymorphism and susceptibility with dermatomyositis: a metaanalysis.plos one 9(8): e102841. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102841 anthony emeka madu, edwin omih, elaine baguley, and stephen w. Lindow, “juvenile dermatomyositis in pregnancy,” case reports in obstetrics and gynecology, vol. 2013, article id 890107, 3 pages, 2013. Doi:10.1155/2013/890107 howard van gelder, kim m. Wu, nayiri gharibian, et al., “acute hemorrhagic myositis in inflammatory myopathy and review of the literature,” case reports in rheumatology, vol. 2014, article id 639756, 8 pages, 2014. Doi:10.1155/2014/639756 kohichi yamauchi, yasunao kogashiwa, hiroshi nagafuji, and naoyuki kohno, “head and neck cancer with dermatomyositis: a report of two clinical cases,” international journal of otolaryngology, vol. 2010, article id 401825, 5 pages, 2010. Doi:10.1155/2010/401825 alexandra caitlin perel-winkler and chris t. Derk, “diffuse cutaneous mucinosis in dermatomyositis: a case report and review of the literature,” case reports in dermatological medicine, vol. 2014, article id 938414, 6 pages, 2014. Doi:10.1155/2014/938414

Kuravi a, sridhar k s, girish k c, bharath r. A case of dermatomyositis responding to three weeks of treatment with methotrexate and steroid. Indian j dermatol venereol leprol [serial online] 1998 [cited 2016 aug 2];64:191-2. Available from: treatment of dermatomyositis and polymyositis rheumatology (2002) 41 (1): 7-13.doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/41.1.7 interstitial lung disease in amyopathic dermatomyositis, dermatomyositis and polymyositis v. Cottin, f. Thivolet-béjui, m. Reynaud-gaubert, j. Cadranel, p. Delaval, p-j. Ternamian, j-f. Cordier, and the groupe d'etudes et de recherche sur les maladies “orphelines” pulmonaires (germ“o”p) european respiratory journal 2003 22: 245-250; doi: 10.1183/09031936.03.00026703


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