How to Diagnose Dermatomyositis?

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Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory muscle disease relatively easy to diagnose because of the rash associated with it. If you are suspected to have dermatomyositis, the following tests are suggested for definitive diagnosis.
  • Ÿ   Blood analysis to check your levels of muscle enzymes and autoantibodies;
  • Ÿ   Chest X-ray to check for signs of the type of lung damage;
  • Ÿ   Electromyography to record electrical impulses;
  • Ÿ   MRI to look for abnormal muscles;
  • Ÿ   Skin or muscle biopsy to check for skin changes or muscle inflammation.
Please go to see your doctor so that it can be definitely diagnosed based on your symptoms and medical history.   Keyword: dermatomyositis diagnosis.