Distribution and severity of weakness among patients with polymyositis, dermatomyositis and juvenile dermatomyositis.

@article{HarrisLove2009DistributionAS,
  title={Distribution and severity of weakness among patients with polymyositis, dermatomyositis and juvenile dermatomyositis.},
  author={Michael O. Harris-Love and Joseph A. Shrader and Deloris E. Koziol and Niraj H Pahlajani and Manjula Jain and Malcolm Smith and Holly Lea Cintas and Charles L McGarvey and Laura A James-Newton and Angelina Pokrovnichka and Babak Moini and Imelda Victoria Cabalar and Daniel J. Lovell and Robert C. Wesley and Paul H. Plotz and Frederick W Miller and Jeanne E. Hicks and Lisa G. Rider},
  journal={Rheumatology},
  year={2009},
  volume={48 2},
  pages={134-9}
}
OBJECTIVE To describe the distribution and severity of muscle weakness using manual muscle testing (MMT) in 172 patients with PM, DM and juvenile DM (JDM). The secondary objectives included characterizing individual muscle group weakness and determining associations of weakness with functional status and myositis characteristics in this large cohort of patients with myositis. METHODS Strength was assessed for 13 muscle groups using the 10-point MMT and expressed as a total score, subscores… CONTINUE READING