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April 28, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(17):1467-1470. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960520029008b

Although clinical involvement of the lungs has been described frequently in collagen tissue diseases such as diffuse scleroderma, disseminated lupus erythematosus, and periarteritis nodosa, it has not been reported as a cause of the presenting symptoms in dermatomyositis or indeed a prominent feature of the disease at any time. So far as can be ascertained from recent literature, the following case is unique in this respect. The patient had dermatomyositis with symptoms referable to the respiratory tract that remained the outstanding feature of the illness throughout its entire course. The case would seem to forge another link in the chain that binds collagen tissue diseases together, although it fails to shed further light upon the etiological background of this interesting group. Report of a Case A 52-year-old woman was admitted to the Montreal General Hospital on Jan. 2 and died Feb. 11, 1953. She had been referred here because of