Polymyositis Information Page - Article
Article: Polymyositis Information Page
What is Polymyositis?
Polymyositis is an inflammatory muscle disease that causes varying degrees of decreased muscle power. The disease has a gradual onset and generally begins in the second decade of life. Polymyositis rarely affects persons under the age of 18. The most common symptom is muscle weakness, usually affecting those muscles that are closest to the trunk of the body (proximal). Eventually, patients have difficulty rising from a sitting position, climbing stairs, lifting objects, or reaching overhead. In some cases, distal muscles (those not close to the trunk of the body) may also be affected later in the course of the disease. Trouble with swallowing (dysphagia) may occur. Very rarely, the muscles ache and are tender to touch. The disease may be associated with other collagen vascular, autoimmune or infectious disorders
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|American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association |
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|Muscular Dystrophy Association |
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|Myositis Association |
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|National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) |
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|National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) |
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