Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies

C. Treatment and Assessment
  • Chester V. Oddis


  • Precise diagnosis is essential and muscle biopsy may identify myositis not responsive to therapy.

  • Autoantibodies define heterogeneous clinical subsets.

  • Steroids are the main pillar of therapy with immuno-suppressive drugs, such as methotrexate and azathio-prine, utilized as steroid-sparing agents.

  • ■ A core set of measures has been developed for assessing disease activity.


Interstitial Lung Disease Connective Tissue Disease Inclusion Body Myositis Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Assess Disease Activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chester V. Oddis
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  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical ImmunologyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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