Information for the Newly Diagnosed

This session is built for the newly diagnosed family.

Two physicians that take care of juvenile myositis (JM) patients cover the following topics:

  • JM basics
  • Common treatments
  • Sun protection
  • Partnering with your medical team
  • Keeping track of medical records
  • Preparing for doctors’ visits
  • Seeking support

Our two guest speakers:

  • Megan Curran, MD. Attending physician in the Section of Rheumatology at Children’s Hospital Colorado and an associate professor at University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is the director of the pediatric rheumatology fellowship program where she organizes the training program for up-and-coming pediatric rheumatologists.
  • Dawn Wahezi, MD, MS. Division Chief of Pediatric Rheumatology and Director of the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Dr. Wahezi is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

What is Juvenile Myositis?

Juvenile myositis, including juvenile dermatomyositis and juvenile polymyositis, is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune diseases, in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and tissues.

Treatment Plans for Juvenile Myositis

A treatment plan is based on many factors, including the severity and expression of the juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). Each case is different and the symptoms can change over time.

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