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March 1951


Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital and University of Maryland School of Medicine.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(3):403-407. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030413007

Dermatomyositis, a rare subacute or chronic disease of protean clinical and pathologic manifestations, was first described in 1863.1 The disease is characterized by erythematous skin eruptions, edema of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, muscle pain and degeneration of many of the muscles of the body, together with a nonsuppurative inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes. There may be biochemical alterations, especially in the albumin-globulin and in the urinary creatine-creatinine ratios. While the disease is commonest in middle-aged persons, approximately 15 per cent of the patients are children. As late as 19442 it was stated that the disease affects only members of the white race. However, Irgang3 described 2 cases of its occurrence in Negroes, but to our knowledge there have been no reports of cases in Negro children.

REPORT OF A CASE  E. C., a 7 year old Negro girl, was admitted to the pediatric service

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