JOHN A. LAMBIE, M.D.; IVAN F. DUFF, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The familial occurrence of dermatomyositis has apparently been recorded in only three instances: Wedgewood (1) noted the disease in "mirror-image" twin girls; Christianson (2) found a pair of sisters with dermatomyositis among 270 patients whose records he reviewed. A third report, involving a brother and sister, has been recorded in the German literature (3).
A diagnosis of dermatomyositis has recently been made in two females who were first cousins and who were admitted to our hospital. We were intrigued not only with the familial occurrence of dermatomyositis in these patients but also by the history of arthritic complaints in a
LAMBIE JA, DUFF IF. Familial Occurrence of Dermatomyositis: Case Reports and a Family Survey. Ann Intern Med. ;59:839–847. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-6-839
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(6):839-847.
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