Long-term outcome of juvenile dermatomyositis rests on early treatment with immunosuppresants

May 1, 2004

Washington -Timely diagnosis of juvenile dermatomyositis is critical because early, aggressive management with immunosuppressive agents, even for patients with amyopathic disease, is the best method for preventing calcinosis, which is a source of significant morbidity for these children, said Amy S. Paller, M.D., at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.