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J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2011 Jul;21(7):434-6. doi: 07.2011/JCPSP.434436.

Juvenile dermatomyositis.

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  • 1Medical College, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Stadium Road, Karachi.


Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is an important subtype of dermatomyositis characterized by inflammation of muscle, skin and gastrointestinal tract. A 14-year-old girl, with a history of fever, joint pain, easy fatigability and a rash since the age of 3 years is described. Physical examination, laboratory evaluation, electromyography (EMG) and muscle biopsy were suggestive of a chronic inflammatory process involving the muscles, most likely dermatomyositis. The report highlights the importance of a muscle biopsy as the gold standard for diagnosing dermatomyositis.

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