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Patterns of Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis and Their Responses to Treatment.

C. M. Pearson, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(4):728-729. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-4-728_4
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Several clinical and pathological patterns of inflammatory nonsuppurative myositis have been discerned from an analysis of 45 cases and a review of those reported in the literature. All of the cases have muscular weakness as their principal clinical feature. They can be divided into the following categories:

Type I. Polymyositis. This occurs more commonly in the female, especially in the third through fifth decades. It usually has an insidious onset and takes a chronic course; an infrequent and atypical skin rash occurs and, occasionally, an associated Raynaud phenomenon, arthritis, and related features which are also often found in other connective


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