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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 5 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.


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The Division of Rheumatology aims to improve the health and quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal disorders through comprehensive, patient-focused care, including testing, treatment, and patient and family education programs.

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