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What infections have been associated with dermatomyositis and polymyositis?

Infections (General)

Large-scale studies and reviews, providing science-based evidence implicating infectious agents in both polymyositis and dermatomyositis in adult and pediatric populations…. Read more »

Toxoplasma Gondii

Decades of numerous large-scale and singular case studies, providing science-based evidence implicating toxoplasma gondii in both polymyositis and dermatomyositis in… Read more »

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae

Case studies (adult and pediatric) associating mycoplasma pneumoniae infection with both dermatomyositis and polymyositis onset and progression, as well as the outcomes of… Read more »

Chlamydia Pneumoniae

Chlamydia pneumoniae, a form of walking pneumoniae, in its acute and chronic persisting form, has been implicated in dermatomyositis and polymyositis, in… Read more »

Lyme Disease

Case studies and reviews of Lyme disease describing how this vector-borne infection manifests in some patients as dermatomyositis and polymyositis, as… Read more »

Staphylococcus Aureus

Community-acquired, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection has been associated with various forms of inflammatory muscle disease and is treated with combination antibiotic… Read more »

What antibiotics have been used to treat dermatomyositis and polymyositis?


Minocycline is used as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) for its ability to treat connective tissue manifestations, such as calcinosis cutis… Read more »

Clindamycin and Vancomycin

Inflammatory muscle diseases identified as being caused by community-acquired, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection have been treated primarily with clindamycin and… Read more »

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