Quantitative muscle testing in childhood dermatomyositis

L. C. Miller, A. F. Michael, T. L. Baxter, Y. Kim

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Sixteen children with dermatomyositis were followed longitudinally by quantitative muscle testing between 1972 and 1982. The time to achievement of normal muscle strength measured quantitatively was significantly delayed (p < .001) compared to the time muscle strength was clinically assessed as normal by manual muscle testing. A significant difference was also found between the time normal muscle strength was measured and normal muscle enzymes were achieved (p < .05). Quantitative muscle testing is a useful adjunct to clinical assessment of muscle strength and determination of muscle enzymes in the therapeutic management of patients with dermatomyositis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-613
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1988


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