What clinical trials are being conducted for polymyositis?
A list of clinical trials available to individuals with polymyositis can be found at Clinicaltrials.gov. This website includes a section on "Understanding Clinical Trials" that provides detailed information about participating in a clinical trial.
Last updated: 11/24/2010
What is the long-term outlook for people with polymyositis?
The long-term outlook (prognosis) for people affected by polymyositis varies. Most affected people respond well to treatment and regain muscle strength, although a certain degree of muscle weakness may persist in some cases. In most cases, polymyositis is not life-threatening, and many people recover partially or completely from the disease. People who recover from polymyositis after treatment may be at risk of a recurrence of symptoms.
If the treatment for polymyositis is not effective, affected individuals may develop significant disability. In rare cases, people with severe and progressive muscle weakness may develop respiratory failure or pneumonia. Difficulty swallowing may cause weight loss and malnutrition. Individuals with polymyositis may be more likely to develop other autoimmune diseases, cancer, or osteoporosis.
Last updated: 9/25/2017
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