it is an uncommon inflammatory  disease marked by muscle weakness and a distinctive skin rash

•the cause is unknown but shares characteristics with  auto-immune disorders in which your immune system attacks normal body components

•​it can cause cardiovascular and lung disease, as well as cancer

​•it affects 5.5 per million people and is fatal to approximately 10% of those diagnosed

•malignancy, cardiac dysfunction and infection are the most common causes of death​

Interstitial Lung Disease 


•​is the major cause of mortality among patients diagnosed with Dermatomyositis

•it is diagnosed with a dry cough and shortness of breath

•​it results in inflammation and heavy scarring of the lung tissue

​•it is irreversible and prevents life saving oxygen from properly traveling through the  bloodstream

•it requires oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation​



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