JEROME GOLDFISCHER, M.D.; ELI H. RUBIN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory and degenerative disease of skin, muscle and, occasionally, other organs. The symptoms are characterized by weakness and tenderness of the affected parts, fever, cutaneous eruptions, edema, dysphagia and progressive wasting. Dermatomyositis is included among the "collagen" diseases, and it is often difficult to distinguish this condition from scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus. However, in contrast to the relatively frequent occurrence of pulmonary lesions in the other collagen diseases, the lungs have rarely been found to be involved in dermatomyositis as part of the basic disease. It is the presence of this feature which prompts the following
GOLDFISCHER J, RUBIN EH. DERMATOMYOSITIS WITH PULMONARY LESIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;50:194–206. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-1-194
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;50(1):194-206.
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