Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery
October 20, 2011
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The purpose of the Myositis Registry is to gather as much information as we can about as many patients as possible who have this rare condition. This will facilitate investigators in developing a better understanding of its clinical features, pathobiology (the study of the biological changes in the body caused by disease), and genetic links. With this increased knowledge, investigators hope to identify the unmet needs of patients with myositis and develop new and better treatments to improve disease outcomes and quality of life.
Participants must have been diagnosed with adult dermatomyositis, polymyositis, inclusion body myositis, or immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy. Dermatomyositis patients may include amyopathic and hypomyopathic dermatomyositis..
Inclusion body myositis patients will require a muscle biopsy report indicating presence of inclusion bodies.
Patients who do not have inclusion body myositis must have met the Bohan and Peter criteria for either definite or probable polymyositis or dermatomyositis criteria at some point in their lives. To meet criteria for definite or probable polymyositis, a patient must have at least 3 of the 4 the below list of symptoms. To meet criteria for definite or probable dermatomyositis, a patient must have a typical rash of dermatomyositis PLUS at least 2 of the 4 symptoms in the below list:
1. Symmetric proximal muscle weakness
2. Muscle biopsy evidence of myositis
3. Increase in serum skeletal muscle enzymes
4. Characteristic electromyographic pattern
Overlap patients may be included if they meet the Bohan and Peter criteria.
Patients without myositis, in which myositis was not considered in the differential diagnosis.
Patients with uncertain diagnoses.
Patients with mental disabilities that would seriously affect the individuals ability to complete the questionnaire or provide consent.
Non-inflammatory inclusion body myopathy.
Dystrophy, specify diagnosis.
Drug or toxin associated myopathy.
Motor neuron diseases.
Other neuromuscular disease.
Other dermatologic disease.
Uzunma Udeh, BA