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Dermatomyositis Underlying Cause

Facts about dermatomyositis include:

  • The exact cause of dermatomyositis is unknown.
  • The immune system may mistakenly attack normal muscle and skin.
  • It may be triggered by a viral infection of skeletal muscle.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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