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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