Current approach to the treatment of polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

  title={Current approach to the treatment of polymyositis and dermatomyositis.},
  author={Chester V. Oddis},
  journal={Current opinion in rheumatology},
  volume={12 6},
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… CONTINUE READING


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