By Lyubomir A. Dourmishev MD, PhD, Assen L. Dourmishev MD, PhD, DSc (auth.)
Although dermatomyositis is an extraordinary connective tissue illness, many physicians are faced with the prognosis and remedy of sufferers laid low with this . in response to the immense own adventure of the authors, who've clinically determined, taken care of, and controlled many dermatomyositis sufferers, this scientific advisor presents dermatologists, rheumatologists, pediatricians, neurologists, and basic practitioners with the keys to analyzing the medical indicators of dermatomyositis. additionally integrated are algorithms to aid the reader to make the right kind prognosis, in addition to tips on new diagnostic tools and therapy schemes.
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Rowell NR, Fairris GM. Biochemical markers of myositis in dermatomyositis. Clin Exp Dermatol 1986; 11: 69–72. Epidemiology of Dermatomyositis 5 The idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are relatively rare diseases that occur throughout the world. The occurrence of DM/PM is uncommon. The absence of reliable epidemiologic data for DM is rather surprising and may relate to several reasons: (i) the rarity of disease, (ii) the lack of consistent use of diagnostic criteria, (iii) the indolent clinical course, (iv) the fact that the numbers result from studies on hospitalized patients, (v) the management of outpatients by physicians from many different specialties (including pediatric and adult rheumatologists, neurologists, dermatologists, other specialists, and general practitioners), and (vi) the lack of prospective studies of associated myositis in connective tissue disease .
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In a retrospective analysis of juvenile DM in Pennsylvania, 12% of 16 patients were categorized as having amyopathic DM . References 1. Urbano-Marquez A, Casademont J, Grau JM. Polymyositis–dermatomyositis: the current position. Ann Rheum Dis 1991; 50: 191–195. 2. Dalakas M. Polymyositis, dermatomyositis and inclusion body myositis. N Engl J Med 1991; 325(21): 1487–1498. 3. Koh ET, Seow A, Ong B, et al. Adult-onset PM/DM: clinical and laboratory features and treatment response in 75 patients.