The nurse is preparing a care plan for a patient with polymyositis. The nurse understands that the patient is at an elevated risk for


• Polymyositis is a chronic inflammation of the muscles and leads to muscle weakness. It causes dysphagia and increases the risk of aspiration.

• Weight loss is a risk due to inadequate nutrition and muscle wasting.

• Polymyositis does not affect mental status or bowel function.

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