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October 1966

Dermatomyositis Associated With Subacute Pulmonary Fibrosis

Arch Dermatol. 1966;94(4):432-435. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600280050009

A 55-year-old woman suffered for 18 months from progressive weakness with articular and muscular pains. Skin lesions typical of dermatomyositis appeared six months before death. A subacute type of diffuse interstitial pneumonitis developed, leading to pulmonary insufficiency in the five months preceding death, and was manifested by progressive cough and dyspnea. Six similar reported cases are reviewed and the association of dermatomyositis with diffuse interstitial pneumonitis is stressed.