This section has been designed to assist you in using and understanding the diagnostic tools used in immunological testing and clinical practice. The use of these tools is explained with the aid of easy to follow colour graphics and text. Where possible we have also made available useful downloadable resources. The application of these tools is featured in our various case studies which are linked to this section giving you a quick reference while working through the cases.
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- Growth Charts
- WHO Clinical Staging
- Welcome Classification
- Degrees of Dehydration
- Childhood Myositis Assessment Scale Scoring
|60-80% of standard weight||Less than 60% of standard weight|
|No oedema||Underweight, nutritional dwarfing, growth retardation||Marasmus|
Childhood Myositis Assessment Scale Scoring
The Childhood Myositis Assessment Scale (CMAS) was developed to assess muscle function in the areas of strength and endurance across a wide range of abilities and age groups in children with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and polymyositis. There are 14 ordinal items included which were chosen to assess primarily axial and proximal muscle groups and are ranked with standard performance and scoring methods. The CMAS has a potential range of 0-52 with higher scores indicating greater muscle strength and endurance. CMAS scoring sheet was developed by Robert Rennebohm, MD.