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Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2000 Nov;12(6):492-7.

Current approach to the treatment of polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

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  • 1University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261, USA.


Although corticosteroids remain the mainstay of treatment for the inflammatory myopathies, their use is complicated by many side effects. Other immunosuppressive agents, alone or in combination, are being increasingly used for patients with other severe disease or treatment-related complications. Pulmonary disease remains a serious source of morbidity and mortality in myositis patients. Cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine, and tacrolimus are efficacious in patients with interstitial lung disease. Intravenous immunoglobulin is not only effective for the cutaneous complications of dermatomyositis but has been helpful in other extramuscular manifestations.

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