Myositis is caused by inflammation in the muscles. It includes polymyositis, which primarily causes muscle weakness, and dermatomyositis, which involves both skin rashes and muscle weakness.
Inclusion-body myositis is characterized by gradual muscle weakness throughout the body, while polymyositis primarily involves weakness in the muscles in the body’s middle section.
Inflammatory myositis may be linked to other autoimmune conditions -- including lupus, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis -- and may cause complications such as difficulty breathing or swallowing. As a result, we take a comprehensive approach to treatment that draws upon the experience of specialists throughout Duke. Our goal is to provide you the best care for your individual needs.