Peter J. Kahrilas MD


Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis is a rare disease that causes inflammation of the skin and muscles. The inflammation can cause an itchy rash and skin thickening, as well as muscle weakness and pain. Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease, in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues. The disease mainly affects…

Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis is a rare disease that causes inflammation of the skin and muscles. The inflammation can cause an itchy rash and skin thickening, as well as muscle weakness and pain. Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease, in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues. The disease mainly affects…

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a rare disease in which a person’s immune system begins to destroy normal, healthy tissues. (This is called an autoimmune disease.) As a result, connective tissue of the skin, lungs, and internal organs—especially the esophagus, kidneys, and digestive tract—is replaced with scar tissue. This change causes…

CREST Syndrome

CREST syndrome causes skin to harden and makes joints stiff and swollen. It is a type of limited scleroderma. Scleroderma is a disease that can seriously affect many parts of the body. CREST is a more limited form of scleroderma that doesn’t affect the skin as severely. Each letter in “CREST” stands for a medical term…

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a rare disease in which a person’s immune system begins to destroy normal, healthy tissues. (This is called an autoimmune disease.) As a result, connective tissue of the skin, lungs, and internal organs—especially the esophagus, kidneys, and digestive tract—is replaced with scar tissue. This change causes…