Complications of polymyositis

Complications of polymyositis may include the following:
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Heart block
  • Arrhythmias
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Pericarditis
  • Malabsorption
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Carcinoma - Especially in the breast and lung
  • Steroid myopathy or other complications of steroid therapy
Incidence of lung, bladder, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma may be increased in patients with polymyositis, especially in the first year after diagnosis.
Five-year survival rates have been estimated at more than 80%. Mortality is most often related to associated malignancy or pulmonary complications; however, elderly patients with cardiac involvement or dysphagia also have a higher mortality rate.

1 comment:

  1. Did not realize there were so many complications. SS also has many too and is also an autoimmune condition


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