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Intravenous immunoglobulin treatment for pregnancy-associated dermatomyositis.
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PMID:  19844719     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Pregnancy-associated dermatomyositis (DM) is a rare disorder, until recently treated only with corticosteroids due to the toxicity of other immunosuppressive agents for the fetus. We present a pregnant woman with DM treated successfully with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and medium dose corticosteroids. A 42-year-old woman presented with a rash, muscle weakness and increased muscle enzymes on the 15th week of her first pregnancy. After the diagnosis of DM she was treated with the combination of medium dose corticosteroids and IVIG. The patients' symptoms resolved rapidly. No complications were noted for either her or the fetus. Both she and her son remain disease-free after 6 years follow-up. In conclusion, IVIG treatment is a safe and effective alternative for pregnancy-associated DM.
Garifallia Linardaki; Eleni Cherouvim; Georgia Goni; Kyriaki A Boki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-10-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rheumatology international     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1437-160X     ISO Abbreviation:  Rheumatol. Int.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8206885     Medline TA:  Rheumatol Int     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Internal Medicine Registrar, Tzanio Hospital, 4 Lignadi St., Athens, 171 21, Greece,
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