Polymyositis

Overview

Polymyositis is a condition causedwhenthe skeletal muscles—the muscles that allow your body to move—become irritated and inflamed. The muscles eventually start to break down and become weak, making even simple movements difficult.Medically, polymyositis is classified as a chronic inflammatory myopathy — one of only three such diseases.Polymyositis rarely strikes people younger than 18, but it mostly affects adults in their 30s, 40s or 50s. Experts are of the opinion that polymyositis is probably triggered by a viral infection or an autoimmune reaction—a response that causes the body to attack its own tissues. In some cases, certain medications may lead to an allergic response that cause muscle irritation and damage. Many people with polymyositis show a detectable level of autoantibodies in their blood.Most of the time, however, doctors aren’t able to uncover the exact cause of polymyositis.

Diagnosis
Treatment
Specialists
Tech & Procedures