Morbidity and mortality in adult polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

  title={Morbidity and mortality in adult polymyositis and dermatomyositis.},
  author={Isabelle Marie},
  journal={Current rheumatology reports},
  volume={14 3},
Before the use of corticosteroids, the prognosis for polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM) was extremely poor. To date, although overall prognosis appears to be better, PM and DM are still considered to be associated with increased morbidity, primarily related to severe muscle weakness and visceral involvement. Recent series underline that only 20% to 40% of treated patients will achieve PM/DM remission, whereas 60% to 80% will experience a polycyclic or chronic, continuous course of the disease… CONTINUE READING
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