Inflammatory myopathies in children

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2007 Aug;33(3):525-53, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2007.07.002.


Juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are rare conditions that are probably autoimmune in nature. Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is the most common inflammatory myopathy. This article describes a recent patient who presented with typical JDM and uses her case to discuss aspects of the childhood inflammatory myopathies.