• Polymyositis is a rare disease entity belonging to the class of enigmatic disorders known as the collagen vascular diseases. It is characterized by proximal muscle weakness. More than 50% of the patients with this disease have development of head and neck manifestations, most commonly a heliotrope rash or dysphagia. Weakness and atrophy of neck muscles, and lolling of the neck have also been described. We report a case of polymyositis presenting as a neck mass, a heretofore undescribed manifestation of this disease in the head and neck. A review of the literature and an interdisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of this unusual disease will be described.
(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118:318-320)
Wanamaker JR, Wanamaker HH, Lavertu P. Polymyositis Presenting as a Neck Mass. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(3):318–320. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880030108022
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