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July 1979

Polymyalgia Rheumatica Begins at 40

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Arch Intern Med. 1979;139(7):743-744. doi:10.1001/archinte.1979.03630440013007

Three cases of polymyalgia rheumatica with onset under age 50 are described. Most large series of patients with this entity contain a few examples of onset below age 50. This diagnosis should be made with confidence in younger patients with typical symptoms and laboratory findings, and showing complete suppressions of disease activity with relatively small daily doses (20 mg or less) of corticosteroids.

(Arch Intern Med 139:743-744, 1979)