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Cure JM Foundation 2018 National Family Conference Recap

Understanding Lab Tests and Signs of Flare

Doctors took questions about lab results and signs of flare.

Dr. Laura Tasan, MD, a Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, outlined some good practices to avoid flare including, "sun protection, hand washing, and vaccinations,” which may help “reduce triggers we know can flare JDM, such as UV light and infections."

Dr. Tasan went on to say that understanding symptoms is so important because, "Signs of a flare (such as fatigue, fever, weakness, etc.) can also be very similar to a viral illness, and therefore requires close monitoring before concluding symptoms are from a JDM flare."

Dr. Bita Arabshahi, the Chief of the Pediatric Rheumatology Sectio of Inova Children’s Hospital, offered that the session gave “parents a better understanding of the reasoning behind laboratory and radiographic testing ordered for children with JDM. Often, parents can be overwhelmed by the extent of testing and medical abbreviations used to communicate about JDM, and the session allowed parents to better-understand the terminology used by pediatric rheumatologists to communicate about this condition and how it effects their children.”

You can view the presentations, or watch the entire session below:


Dr. Arabshahi’s Presentation


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Dr. Tasan’s Presentation


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