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Title: An 11-year review of dermatomyositis in asian patients
Authors: Liu, W.C.
Ho, M.
Koh, W.-P. 
Tan, A.W.H.
Ng, P.P.L.
Chua, S.H.
Tan, S.H.
Tang, M.B.Y.
Keywords: Malignancy
Myositis
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
Photosensitivity
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Citation: Liu, W.C.,Ho, M.,Koh, W.-P.,Tan, A.W.H.,Ng, P.P.L.,Chua, S.H.,Tan, S.H.,Tang, M.B.Y. (2010-11). An 11-year review of dermatomyositis in asian patients. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 39 (11) : 843-847. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Introduction: Dermatomyositis (DM) is a multisystem infl ammatory disease with a strong association with malignancy. We aimed to describe a series of Asian patients with DM and identify any signifi cant clinical factors associated with malignancy. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective review of a multi-racial cohort of 69 Asian patients diagnosed with DM over an 11-year period from 1996 to 2006. Results: Malignancy was detected in 15 out of 68 patients (22%), the most common of which was nasopharyngeal carcinoma (7 cases). Compared to the non-malignancy group, the malignancy-associated group was older and had more male patients. There were no statistically signifi cant clinical, serological or laboratory factors associated with a higher risk of malignancy. Conclusion: This study highlights the importance of ongoing malignancy screening especially for nasopharyngeal carcinoma in Asian patients with DM.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/109168
ISSN: 03044602
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