Elevated cancer incidence in patients with dermatomyositis: a population based study.

  title={Elevated cancer incidence in patients with dermatomyositis: a population based study.},
  author={Antti Airio and Eero I Pukkala and Heikki A Isom{\"a}ki},
  journal={The Journal of rheumatology},
  volume={22 7},
OBJECTIVE To study the relationship of polymositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM) and cancer in Finland. METHODS The medical records of 175 patients with PM and 71 with DM diagnosed between 1969 and 1985 were reviewed. The patients were followed until death or until December 30, 1990 through the files of Statistics Finland and the Finnish Cancer Registry. RESULTS Thirty-four cases of cancer were found [standardized incidence ratio (SIR) 2.1, 95% confidence interval 1.4-2.9]. In the PM group… CONTINUE READING

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