Dermatomyositis associated with crohn’s disease

Gil Leibowitz*, Rami Eliakim, Gail Amir, Daniel Rachmilewitz

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A 29-year-old woman with quiescent Crohn’s disease developed severe myositis. Serum creatine phospho- kinase was markedly elevated, and muscle biopsy showed typical findings of dermatomyositis. The muscular symptoms promptly responded to combined treatment with corticosteroids and azathioprine. The association between inflammatory bowel disease and inflammatory myopathies is very rare. We review the clinical, pathological, and pathophysiological aspects of this association.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Crohn’s disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Myositis


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