Juvenile amyopathic dermatomyositis

J. Scott Henning, Agnieszka Witkiewicz, Julie V. Schaffer, Seth J. Orlow

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A 3-year-old girl presented with a 6-month history of multiple, light-pink, flat-topped papules over the dorsal aspects of the metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joints of the hands and feet. Nailfold telangiectases, ragged cuticles, and a heliotrope color of the upper eyelids were also evident, but there was no clinical evidence of muscle weakness and levels of muscle enzymes were normal. A biopsy specimen from one of the papules showed a vacuolar interface dermatitis consistent with a diagnosis of dermatomyositis. This report draws attention to juvenile amyopathic dermatomyositis, which is an uncommon subtype of dermatomyositis with an excellent prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDermatology online journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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