Breast cancer shortly after the diagnosis of interstitial pneumonia associated with polymyositis.
- H Satoh
- M Ohtsuka
- Y T Yamashita
- H Kamma
- T Yashiro
- K Sekizawa
Affiliations: Division of Respiratory Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki 305-8575, Japan.
- Published online on: January 1, 2000 https://doi.org/10.3892/or.7.1.105
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Polymyositis is sometimes associated with pulmonary fibrosis or malignant diseases, however, rarely with both simultaneously. For such patients, no criterion for initial treatment and tapering of steroid has been reported. We describe a patient who had breast cancer and interstitial pneumonia associated with polymyositis. In this case, slow tapering of the steroid was an important aspect of the treatment, and close clinical follow-up was necessary to monitor for disease exacerbation.