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Juvenile Dermatomyositis

Key Points about Juvenile Dermatomyositis

  • Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is a rare disease that causes muscle inflammation and a skin rash.
  • Symptoms often first appear in children between ages five and 10.
  • Symptoms include fever, rash, muscle weakness and pain, and calcium deposits under the skin.
  • The condition also causes a rash around the eyelids, knuckles or finger joints. A rash may also occur on the elbows, knees and ankles.
  • Some children may have a complete remission of the disease. Others may have chronic symptoms that continue.
  • What is juvenile dermatomyositis?
  • What causes juvenile dermatomyositis?
  • What are the symptoms of juvenile dermatomyositis?
  • How is juvenile dermatomyositis diagnosed?
  • How is juvenile dermatomyositis treated?
  • What are the complications of juvenile dermatomyositis?
  • How should I help my child live with juvenile dermatomyositis?
  • How do you manage juvenile dermatomyositis?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?
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