The goal of the UCLA Myositis Program is to provide the highest level of individualized, tailored care to patients with myositis. Patients with suspected or diagnosed myositis, their families, and doctors can all benefit from our program, which includes care by a team of experts in these very rare but serious diseases.
Myositis is a general term meaning inflammation in the muscles. More specific types of myositis include dermatomyositis, immune-mediated necrotizing myositis, overlap myositis, polymyositis, and inclusion body myositis. These are systemic diseases, which may affect several areas of the body, and some forms of myositis such as amyopathic dermatomyositis can primarily affect the skin (rashes) and lungs (interstitial lung disease) with minimal effects on the muscle tissue. Early recognition and aggressive, comprehensive care is key to achieving disease control and limiting disease complications.
Our expert team includes specialists from many different fields of medicine to meet the needs of patients with myositis. The Myositis Program team can also make appropriate referrals to other UCLA experts.