© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Inflammatory myopathies (IMs) are a group of rare immune-mediated diseases characterized by proximal muscle weakness and mononuclear cell inflammation of the skeletal muscle. IMs are the largest group of potentially treatable myopathies and form a heterogeneous group of disorders. We may classify them into five subtypes according to their clinicopathologic features: dermatomyositis, polymyositis, necrotizing autoimmune myositis, inclusion body myositis, and overlap myositis. The precise diagnosis of the subtype and the differential diagnosis from other diseases that have similar signs and symptoms are fundamental, as each subtype has a different prognosis and therapeutic response.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2017|
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