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Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine: Polymyositis? It’s more likely something else


 

EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE WINTER RHEUMATOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

Muscular dystrophy

Some cases of myositis mimic certain types of muscular dystrophy, Dr. Christopher-Stine said, providing a checklist of muscular dystrophies that can look “clinically completely indistinguishable from a typical inflammatory myopathy,” and should therefore be considered in these patients.

The checklist includes Duchenne’s manifesting carrier, limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2b, myotonic dystrophy (usually type 2), and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.

Dr. Christopher-Stine reported having intellectual property interest in a novel Inova Diagnostics autoantibody assay detection for anti-HMGCR. She was also the safety officer for the JBT-101 Trial sponsored by Corbus and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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