Juvenile dermatomyositis is an autoimmune condition most often diagnosed in children between the ages of 4 and 10. The disease leads to inflammation in tiny blood vessels in the muscles (myositis) and skin (dermatitis).

The inflammation causes:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain, in muscles at the hip and shoulder
  • Skin eruptions
    • In the face
    • Above the eyelids
    • On the knuckles
    • At knees and elbows

Treatments involved efforts to control inflammation and build more antibodies.

They include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Steroids
  • Intravenous Immunoglobulin
  • Physical Therapy