THOMAS P. GRECO, M.D.; PHILIP W. ASKENASE, M.D.; MICHAEL KASHGARIAN, M.D.
Myalgia is a common feature of virus and influenza-like illnesses. Of great interest is the rare occurrence of myositis during these processes. Postinfluenza myositis is now recognized as a relatively distinct clinical entity characterized by muscle pain and elevated muscle enzymes during convalescence (1). Myoglobinuria and histologic myositis have been seen in some cases. The process is usually benign and reversible. The pathogenesis of this entity is obscure. Described below are our attempts to define the mechanism of such a myositis.
During peak influenza season in February 1976, a 19-year-old black girl was admitted with an 8-day history of severe
GRECO TP, ASKENASE PW, KASHGARIAN M. Postviral Myositis: Myxovirus-Like Structures in Affected Muscle. Ann Intern Med. ;86:193–194. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-2-193
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(2):193-194.
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