Myositis is a rare, autoimmune muscle disease without a cure
Learn more about Myositis and how MSU is helping patients and caregivers
Myositis is a term meaning inflammation in the muscles. Our focus is the Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies of which there are several types, and all are classified as rare diseases. Idiopathic means the cause is unknown.
Polymyositis causes muscle weakness around the middle of the body and affects both sides of the body. Dermatomyositis causes muscle weakness as well as skin rashes. Juvenile dermatomyositis differs from the adult form because of the coexistence of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels). Inclusion body myositis mainly affects older individuals. As muscle weakness becomes severe, it is accompanied by muscle wasting and diminished deep-tendon reflexes. Unlike polymyositis and dermatomyositis, the muscle weakness is often not symmetric, and may be prominent in the smaller muscles of the forearms and calves.
Looking for Support for Myositis?
If you have been diagnosed with a form of Myositis, or are a caregiver, family member or friend of someone who has, we have support options for you! We offer several methods of support that make sense for those with a muscle disease.
Myositis, for so many, can be classified as an invisible illness where our outward appearance may cause others to think we are healthy. Learn more about this and how to respond.
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