D to F
Distal : Distal means located away from the centre of the body
Distal Muscle : A Distal muscle refers to a muscle in the Fingers, hands and feet
DMARD : DMARD stand for Disease Modifying anti-rheumatic Drug.
Drug-induced myositis : Symptoms include muscle soreness, pain and weakness. These symptoms usually begin soon after a person starts taking a new drug or a combination of drugs. Myositis is more common when a person is taking a combination of lipid-lowering medications, such as gemfibrozil (Lopid) and lovastatin (Mevacor), than when a single medication is used.
Dysphagia : Dysphagia or trouble swallowing occurs in about 33% of Myositis patients. The swallowing process involves a number of muscles, and muscle weakness has a big impact on the timing of a normal swallow.
Dysphonia : Dysphonia is having problems with the voice usually resulting in a weaker, hoarser or Nasal sounding speech.
Dystrophic Calcification : Dystrophic Calcification is often seen at the sites of previous inflammation of the skin or soft tissue. Calcinosis has been associated with connective tissue disease such as in systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis.
Electromyogram: (EMG) An EMG is a test that measures the activity of the muscles. The test gathers information about the muscular and nervous system.
Flexion Contracture : Flexion Contracture is a condition where the joints especially the knees, become permanently bent, this can mainly occur in Juvenile Dermatomyositis.