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Is dermatomyositis inherited?

The disease is not directly inherited, although there may be some genetic sensitivity toward whatever triggers it
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What age does Dermatomyositis strike at?

Most often individuals either develop DM either between the ages of five and 14 or they do not develop it until they are over age 45
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What complications of Dermatomyositis are there?

Serious complications from DM include involvement of the muscles of the heart and lungs, difficulty eating and swallowing, and a tendency to develop cancer
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What happens in Dermatomyositis?

Immune system cells attack healthy cells of small blood vessels in the muscle and skin. Over time, this causes muscle fiber to shrink and sometimes cuts off blood supply to th (MORE)