Dermatomyositis

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Admitted with chest pain. Known history of dermatomyositis.

Patient Data

Age: 54
Gender: Female
X-ray

Speckled calcification involving both lateral chest walls, more prounced on the right.

The lungs are clear.

Case Discussion

Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune inflammatory myositis, which although having a predilection for the upper aspects of the lower limbs, may involve other muscles of the body.

It may be evident on imaging in the form of soft tissue calcification - the form of which may be variable.

It can occur as part of a paraneoplastic phenomenon in adults, such as in lung cancer.

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Case information

rID: 45924
Case created: 14th Jun 2016
Last edited: 15th Jun 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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