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Disease patterns of juvenile dermatomyositis from western India

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A retrospective assessment of clinical characteristics, complications/ associations, laboratory investigations, treatment modalities and outcome in an inceptional cohort of 22 (male-13) children with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) receiving treatment at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai during 1997–2012 was performed. Mean age at diagnosis was 7.52 ± 3.99 years. Typical skin rash and muscle weakness were present in all children. Common complications included cutaneous ulcers (27.27%), dysphagia (22.72%) and calcinosis (18.18%).All patients presented with at least one of the serum muscle enzymes elevated. Absence of mortality and cardio-pulmonary complications and a monocyclic course in 72.7% of our patients are at variance from Western series.

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Chickermane, P.R., Mankad, D. & Khubchandani, R.P. Disease patterns of juvenile dermatomyositis from western India. Indian Pediatr 50, 961–963 (2013).

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