What are the common symptoms of dermatomyositis (DM)?

Common symptoms of dermatomyositis include:
  • Skin changes are usually the first symptom. A bluish-purple or red rash, typically on the face, eyelids, elbows, knees, knuckles, chest, and back develops. The rash is itchy and painful. 
  • Muscle weakness that is progressive and has a gradual onset over weeks or months. The weakness typically worsens gradually and often occurs in the muscles close to the trunk like the hips, thighs, shoulders, neck, and upper arms. 
  • Muscle pain and tenderness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lung problems and difficulty breathing
  • Calcium deposits under the skin (more common in children)
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty rising from a low chair 
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Ragged cuticles and prominent blood vessels around the nail folds
  • Scaly, dry, rough skin
dermatomyositis symptoms

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  • "Dermatomyositis." The Johns Hopkins Myositis Center. Johns Hopkins Medicine, n.d. Web. 20 Sep. 2017.
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  • “Dermatomyositis.” The Myositis Association, Jan. 2015. Web. 20 Sep. 2017. 


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