What are the possible complications of polymyositis?

Updated: Jun 13, 2020
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Complications include the following:

  • Pulmonary (eg, aspiration pneumonia, interstitial lung disease, hypoventilation [20] )
  • Increased incidence of malignancy in dermatomyositis as well as polymyositis [21]
  • Dysphagia, weight loss, and malnutrition
  • Ambulatory dysfunction
  • Adverse effects of immunosuppressive therapy

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