Symptoms & Signs
- Difficulty swallowing
- Muscle weakness, stiffness, or soreness
- Purple or violet colored upper eyelids
- Purple-red skin rash
- Shortness of breath
The muscle weakness may appear suddenly or develop slowly over weeks or months. You may have difficulty raising your arms over your head, rising from a sitting position, and climbing stairs.
The rash may appear over the face, knuckles, neck, shoulders, upper chest, and back.
Diagnosis & Tests
The doctor will perform a physical exam. Tests may include:
- Bloods test to check levels of creatine phosphokinase and aldolase
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Muscle biopsy
Review Date : 2/5/2009
Reviewed By : Jonathan Kantor, MD, North Florida Dermatology Associates, Jacksonville, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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