Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is an uncommon and diverse idiopathic inflammatory myopathy that develops in children. Gastrointestinal (GI) involvement occurs in 22–37% of JDM patients but has only been documented in case studies. The study intended to investigate the aetiology and treatment of severe GI symptoms in JDM patients in this retrospective, single-center, observational research. It looked at a subset of 9 JDM patients who were followed for the duration of the trial. Most GI problems were caused by JDM, including digestive system involvement, severe pancreatitis, and hepatitis. Three individuals died of refractory JDM 2.9 years after being diagnosed with JDM.
It emphasises the need of considering pancreatitis as a primary diagnostic factor in JDM patients with severe GI symptoms, as well as the importance of intensive therapy for these patients as soon as possible.
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