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J Rheumatol. 1980 May-Jun;7(3):353-60.

Interstitial lung disease in polymyositis and dermatomyositis.


An increased frequency of diffuse interstitial lung disease (DILD) was found in 7 of 15 cases of polymyositis and dermatomyositis seen in a 7-yr period. Affected patients had higher values of creatine phosphokinase and aldolase and more severe muscle necrosis than 8 patients with DILD. Early corticosteroid therapy sufficient to normalize enzymes apparently led to better resolutions of DILD. Active muscle necrosis seemed to be related to the development of DILD.

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