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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1988|