What are the pharyngeal and esophageal symptoms of polymyositis?

Updated: Feb 12, 2018
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Pharyngeal and esophageal weakness may lead to aspiration pneumonia. Patients with polymyositis may experience exertional dyspnea secondary to weakness of chest wall muscles and diaphragmatic muscles. Patients receiving immunosuppressants are at an increased risk of infection.


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