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November 1, 1952


Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich.

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University Hospital.

JAMA. 1952;150(9):844-846. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680090008004

In 1935, Bezecny1 reported two cases of dermatomyositis, one in a patient who had an adenocarcinoma of the ovary and the other in a patient who had a carcinoma of the breast. This report of the seemingly unusual association of two dissimilar diseases was followed by an occasional sporadic report of a case of a similar nature. In 1951, Brunner and Lobraico2 reviewed the literature for reports of such combinations, because they also had a patient with carcinoma of the ovary and dermatomyositis, and they found 17 examples of neoplasm and dermatomyositis. Four additional reports, not included in their compilation of cases, should have been added.3 Sheard4 recently reported four more patients with this combination of diseases, and Costello5 reported another, making the total of such instances now recorded 27. To date, no clinic or physician has reviewed his own patients with proved dermatomyositis to

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