At the UPMC Myositis Center, our experienced physicians provide advanced, comprehensive care and treatment for patients suffering from myositis.
The center strives to be a leader in myositis research and is constantly developing better therapies for the treatment of myositis and its complications This commitment ensures that patients receive the most advanced care so that they can return to a normal and active lifestyle.
Myositis is a rare disease in which the immune system chronically inflames the body's own healthy muscle tissue.
The persistent inflammation progressively weakens the muscles and may be associated with inflammation in other organs, including the:
In dermatomyositis, a rash develops along with muscle inflammation.
In rare cases, myositis can occur in a single part of the body, such as one arm, one leg, or just the muscles that move the eye.
For some people, myositis is a short-term problem that goes away after a few days or weeks. For others, it is part of a chronic condition.
Chronic forms of myositis can lead to muscle atrophy (wasting and shrinking) and severe disability, if not properly treated.
Although myositis is serious and potentially life-threatening, this disease is treatable and the outcomes are generally favorable.
However, like most autoimmune conditions, myositis can be chronic and requires frequent follow-up with a rheumatologist and other specialists.
It's also important for patients to communicate with their primary care doctors about the disease and treatment, and to have regular check-ups for general health maintenance.
The Myositis Association is an excellent support group and source of information for people with myositis.
Before diagnosing a patient with myositis, the doctors at the UPMC Myositis Center must first rule out other conditions that affect muscles.
Other possible symptoms include:
Myositis can be challenging to diagnose. Your doctor must rule out other conditions that affect muscles, such as:
In addition to a physical exam, the following tests may be ordered:
Although there is no cure for myositis, prompt and aggressive treatment to reduce inflammation can help prevent muscle weakness from progressing and restore some muscle strength.
Treatment options at the UPMC Myositis Center include: