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What is the outlook for polymyositis and dermatomyositis?

The outlook is good for cases of polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Symptoms aren’t usually severe and in most cases can be eased fairly quickly with drug treatment. Even severe cases respond to treatment. The condition frequently becomes inactive.

Muscle strength will take longer to recover, but once the condition is controlled you’ll be given exercises to counter any wasting and to improve the strength of the recovering muscle.

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