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How to Diagnose Dermatomyositis
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. You are likely to be referred to a rheumatologist (a doctor who specializes in musculoskeletal disorders).
Tests may include the following:
- Blood tests
- Electromyogram (EMG)-This is to test the electrical responsiveness of your muscles. This test involves putting tiny needles into affected muscles and stimulating them with tiny electrical currents.
- Muscle biopsy-This is a surgical removal of a small piece of muscle to examine it under a microscope.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound-This helps to detect inflammation in your muscles.
- Skin biopsy-This is the surgical removal of a small piece of skin to examine it under a microscope.
- Cancer tests-In adults, this condition is associated with cancer about 15% of the time. It may be the first sign of cancer.
- CAT scan (CT)-This is a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside of the body, in this case the chest (Dermatomyositis may be associated with lung disease.).
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