Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is a treatable autoimmune disease that affects muscles and skin. It is a rare disease effecting approximately 4 in 1 million children per year.
JDM is more common in girls than in boys with onset from between 4 and 10 years of age.
Signs and symptoms
Symptoms vary between children but the disease features a group of signs as listed below:
Although JDM can’t yet be cured, it usually responds well to treatment. This involves controlling the inflammation of the main symptoms using medications.