Benign acute childhood myositis (viral myositis)

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Learn about benign acute childhood myositis, a condition that causes muscle pain in children with viral infections.

Key points

  • Benign acute childhood myositis causes calf muscle pain and difficulty walking in children.
  • It usually occurs several days after a viral infection and is most commonly associated with the influenza virus.
  • Symptoms usually improve within three to seven days.
  • Treatment includes pain control and fluids.
Last updated: July 5th 2024