Coexisting Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Sickle Cell Disease: Maintaining a High Degree of Suspicion

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Abstract

Juvenile dermatomyositis is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy of childhood not previously described in a patient with sickle cell disease. We present a case of an 11-year-old girl with sickle cell disease who was diagnosed subsequently with juvenile dermatomyositis, and highlight the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges of these concurrent chronic diseases.

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