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Case Reports
January 1928


Am J Dis Child. 1928;35(1):71-81. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920190078012

Dermatomyositis is interesting because of its rarity and the striking resemblance in the clinical picture that all cases present. Steiner1 defines it as an "acute, subacute or chronic disease of unknown origin, characterized generally by a gradual onset with vague and indefinite prodromata followed by edema, dermatitis and multiple muscle inflammation." Friedman2 gives a complete presentation of the condition. To date, about fifty-five cases have been recorded. The following case was typical and presented excellent opportunities for study.

REPORT OF CASE  History.—A white boy, aged 5, was admitted to the University Hospital, Dec. 31, 1926, because of painful, swollen, contracted joints and generalized tenderness and weakness of the muscles. He also complained of edema and an erythematous rash about the face, chest and extremities and an associated, irregular, intermittent fever.The patient had been born four weeks before term. His first illness had occurred in September, 1925,

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