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Polymyositis


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Treatment

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How might polymyositis be treated?

The treatment of polymyositis is based on the signs and symptoms present in each person. Although there is currently no cure, symptoms of the condition may be managed with the following:[1][2][3]
  • Medications such as corticosteroids, corticosteroid-sparing agents, immunosuppressive drugs
  • Physical therapy to improve muscle strength and flexibility
  • Speech therapy to address difficulties with swallowing and speech
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin (healthy antibodies are given to block damaging autoantibodies that attack muscle)

Medscape Reference's Web site offers more specific information regarding the treatment and management of polymyositis. Please click on the link to access the resource.
Last updated: 9/10/2015

References
  1. Miller ML & Rudnicki SA. Initial treatment of dermatomyositis and polymyositis in adults. UpToDate. April 8, 2014; http://www.uptodate.com/contents/topic.do?topicKey=RHEUM/5160. Accessed 9/10/2015.
  2. Ramesh Pappu, MD, DPH, MBBS. Polymyositis. Medscape Reference. October 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/335925-overview.
  3. Mayo Clinic Staff. Polymyositis. MayoClinic.org. June 24, 2014; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/polymyositis/DS00334/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine, developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members, and members of the public with current information on clinical research studies. There is a study titled Study and Treatment of Inflammatory Muscle Diseases which may be of interest to you. To find this trial, click on the study title.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Polymyositis. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
  • The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) provides access to reports, data, and analyses of research activities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH-supported research. Although these projects may not conduct studies on humans, you may want to contact the investigators to learn more. To search for studies, enter the disease name in the "Text Search" box. Then click "Submit Query".
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