What Are the Symptoms of Juvenile Dermatomyositis?

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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.   Keyword: juvenile dermatomyositis symptoms.