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Maintenance dose


small amount of medicine a person requires in order to keep symptoms from returning or worsening.
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The Myositis Association


1737 King Street, Suite 600 Alexandria, VA  22314 800-821-7356 (Toll-free) TMA@myositis.org
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von Willebrand factor antigen


blood test that shows damage to the lining of the blood vessels and may help doctors check the degree of the problem to decide on the right treatment plan. This test may be used to monitor the disease [..]
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Vasculitis


swelling of blood vessels under the skin that causes a visible rash.
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Vacuoles


holes in the muscle fibers evident in muscle biopsies of inclusion-body myositis (IBM) patients.
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Ulceration


break in the skin or mucous membrane.
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Tumor necrosis factor


immune cell protein that kills cells that appear abnormal and stimulates autoimmune reactions like inflammation. TNF blockers include infliximab (Remicade) and etanercept (Enbrel).
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Taper


process of slowly lowering your dosage of medicine to reach a maintenance dose or to stop taking the medicine altogether. It is important to taper certain medicines—corticosteroids in particular—t [..]
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Systemic


affecting the body as a whole. Systemic medicines like prednisone are taken orally or intravenously and affect more than one part of the body. [See local.]
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Symptom


subjective evidence or personal findings of a disease as experienced and recognized by the patient.
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