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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0620103055.
Published online 2010 November 5. doi:  10.1136/bcr.06.2010.3055
PMCID: PMC3027590
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Rapidly progressive myositis as the sole manifestation of a concurrent gastric carcinoma


Inflammatory myopathies including polymyositis and dermatomyositis are autoimmune disorders presenting with characteristic muscle weakness. These diseases, especially dermatomyositis, have a well-known association with a wide variety of neoplasms including lung, breast, ovary and colon cancers. Here we report the case of a 58-year-old man who presented with a 3-week history of myositis and was simultaneously diagnosed with gastric cancer.

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