A chronic disorder marked by hardening and thickening of the skin. Scleroderma can be localized or it can affect the entire body (systemic).

Dermatomyositis is one of a group of acquired muscle diseases called inflammatory myopathies. The disease, which has a somewhat severe onset, affects both children and adults. Females are more often affected than males. Dermatomyositis is characterized by a rash accompanying, or more often, preceding muscle weakness. The rash looks like patchy, bluish-purple discolorations on the face, neck, shoulders, upper chest, elbows, knees, knuckles, and back.

Scleroderma as related to Dermatomyositis

  • is scleroderma and dermatomyositis similar - Inspire

    Polymyositis and dermatomyositis are very similar except supposedly polymyositis does not have the skin rashes that are present in dermatomyositis.

  • Telangiectasia and Autoimmune Disease - HSS
    Although otherwise healthy individuals may develop this condition, telangiectasias are a cardinal feature of systemic and limited scleroderma, as well as dermatomyositis