How is juvenile dermatomyositis different from adult dermatomyositis or polymyositis

How is juvenile dermatomyositis different from adult dermatomyositis or polymyositis?

In children:

  • • Dermatomyositis is distinguished by being a generalized vasculitis.
  • • Polymyositis is exceedingly rare in childhood. In a child with progressive weakness, other muscle diseases are more likely than polymyositis.
  • • Unlike adults, malignancy is rarely associated with childhood dermatomyositis.
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