Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis by Marinos C. Dalakas (Eds.)

By Marinos C. Dalakas (Eds.)

A assessment of the inflamatory myopathies that include polymyositis and dermatomysitis. The booklet takes a realistic method and covers medical positive factors and diagnostic exams and a staff of individuals studies how most sensible to diagnose and deal with this probably deadly sickness. Written with a pragmatic emphasis, the publication provides the category of polymyositis and dermatomyositis and info of the medical presentation, advances within the dermatomyositis and viral aetology of polymyositis and dermatomyositis including a dialogue of using animal types in figuring out the elemental mechanism of muscle fibre harm, comprising of many of the diagnostic recommendations to be had (including the translation of muscle biopsies and the EMG) and the to be had healing recommendations including a dialogue of rehabilitation programmes

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In 93 % of patients the presenting feature is a skin rash of one sort or another. Only half of the patients have demonstrable clinical mus­ cular weakness when first seen. Many such 26 Clinical Features patients are first seen by the dermatologist. The most characteristic skin rash is the heliotrope discoloration of the upper eyelids with periorbital edema (Plate A). An erythematous rash may also be seen in a "butterfly distribution" on the forehead, cheeks, and chin, and in a mantle or "V" distribution on the neck, upper chest, and back.

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