Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy
Other Names for this Disease
- Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy, familial
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polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and sporadic inclusion body myositis, which are each associated with unique features. As the name suggests, the cause of the condition is currently unknown (idiopathic). However, researchers suspect that it may occur due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Treatment is supportive and based on the signs and symptoms present in each person.Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy refers to a group of conditions that affect the skeletal muscles (muscles used for movement). Although the condition can be diagnosed at any age, idiopathic inflammatory myopathy most commonly occurs in adults between ages 40 and 60 years or in children between ages 5 and 15 years. Signs and symptoms of the condition include muscle weakness, joint pain and fatigue. There are several forms of idiopathic inflammatory myopathy, including
Last updated: 2/17/2016
- Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy. Genetics Home Reference. February 2011; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathy.
- Facts about Inflammatory Myopathies. Muscular Dystrophy Association. 2009; https://www.mda.org/sites/default/files/publications/Facts_Inflamm_Myopathies_P-199.pdf.
- Inflammatory Myopathies Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. July 2015; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/inflammatory_myopathies/detail_inflammatory_myopathies.htm.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- Muscular Dystrophy Association has information and resources about Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy. Please click on the link to access this resource.
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.