Recurrent pneumomediastinum in adult dermatomyositis

F. M. Cicuttini, K. J. Fraser

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Abstract

A muscle biopsy established the diagnosis of dermatomyositis in a 22-year-old woman with normal muscle enzyme levels, 18 months after she presented with constitutional symptoms, a rash and polyarthritis. Her subsequent course was complicated by cutaneous ulcers with histological changes suggesting vasculitis, interstitial pulmonary involvement and recurrent pneumomediastinum, the latter being recently reported in 2 other cases of dermatomyositis. Cutaneous vasculitis has been present in all cases and it is suggested that the pneumomediastinum may be due to pulmonary vasculitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-386
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of Rheumatology
Volume16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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