August 24, 2016
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Polymyositis (cont.)

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What are home remedies for polymyositis and dermatomyositis?

The best home remedy is to closely monitor the condition with the physician and physical therapist. It is best to not over-exercise early on but gradually increase exercise for optimal results.

What is the prognosis for polymyositis?

The outcome for patients with polymyositis varies. While some have a relatively brief illness followed by remission not requiring subsequent treatment, others develop episodes of remissions and exacerbations requiring more or less treatment.

The presence of Jo-1 antibody, a myositis antibody, is predictive of an increased risk for the development of inflammation of the tissues of the lungs (interstitial lung disease). This can lead to permanent suboptimal lung function. Pulmonary function testing can be used to detect early lung abnormalities.

What are risk factors for worse outcomes with polymyositis or dermatomyositis?

Patients with polymyositis tend to have a higher risk for worse outcomes with older age, delay in cortisone treatment, cancer, lung or heart disease, or difficulty swallowing.

Cancer screening is performed, especially in patients with dermatomyositis, due to an increased risk of cancer in patients with muscle inflammation.

Is it possible to prevent polymyositis?

There is no prevention for polymyositis. When the precise cause of polymyositis is identified, preventative measures might be possible.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/18/2016



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