Subcutaneous oedema as a presenting feature of polymyositis/dermatomyositis: a poor prognostic indicator?

Rheumatology
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2007.0007
7
21-25
Subcutaneous oedema as a presenting feature of polymyositis/dermatomyositis: a poor prognostic indicator?

Widespread subcutaneous oedema is a rare presenting feature of polymyositis (PM)/dermatomyositis (DM). It was reported in the initial description of the disease by Wagner in 1877 but only nine cases have since been reported in the literature and it is not listed in standard textbooks of rheumatology. We present a further case of subcutaneous oedema as a presenting feature of dermatomyositis, briefly review the existing literature and postulate that this presentation represents a subset of the disease with a poorer prognosis.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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