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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0620103055.
Published online Nov 5, 2010. 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
Mehrnaz Asadi,1 Maryam Javanbakht,1 Sirin Khajavian,2 and Sara Zand2
1Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
2Emam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Correspondence to Mehrnaz Asadi, asadi_m/at/
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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