Infectious complications in polymyositis and dermatomyositis: a series of 279 patients.

@article{Marie2011InfectiousCI,
  title={Infectious complications in polymyositis and dermatomyositis: a series of 279 patients.},
  author={Isabelle Marie and Jean-François M{\'e}nard and {\'E}ric Hachulla and Patrick Cherin and Olivier Benveniste and Kiet Phuong Tiev and Pierre-yves Hatron},
  journal={Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism},
  year={2011},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={48-60}
}
OBJECTIVES To assess the prevalence and characteristics of severe pyogenic, nonpyogenic, and opportunistic infections in polymyositis and dermatomyositis (PM/DM) patients and to evaluate the predictive values for infections on clinical presentation and biochemical findings of PM/DM to detect patients at risk for such infections. METHODS The medical records of 279 consecutive PM/DM patients in 3 medical centers were reviewed. RESULTS One hundred four severe infections occurred in our… CONTINUE READING