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West J Emerg Med. 2012 Feb;13(1):136-8. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2011.8.6823.

Dermatomyositis with extensive calcification in an adult.

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Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Emergency Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina.


This report reviews a case of dermatomyositis presenting with weakness and extensive calcification in an adult. While dermatomyositis is not uncommon in adults, it is uncommon for calcifications to be present. Children develop calcifications more frequently than adults. When present in adults, small calcifications on areas of frequent trauma such as elbows and fingers are more common. However, this patient presented with large calcified deposits in his abdomen and extremities. His treatment and course are described.

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