William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Catherine Burt Driver, MD
Catherine Burt Driver, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Driver is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently is in active practice in the field of rheumatology in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she is a partner in Mission Internal Medical Group.
In this Article
- Polymyositis facts
- What is polymyositis?
- What causes polymyositis?
- What are symptoms of polymyositis?
- How does the doctor diagnose polymyositis?
- How is polymyositis treated?
- What is the prognosis for polymyositis?
- What are risk factors for worse outcomes with polymyositis?
- Can polymyositis be prevented?
- Where can people find more information on polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
- Find a local Rheumatologist in your town
What is the prognosis for polymyositis?
The outcome for patients with polymyositis varies. While some have a relatively brief illness followed by remission not requiring subsequent treatment, others develop episodes of remissions and exacerbations requiring more or less treatment.
What are risk factors for worse outcomes with polymyositis?
Patients with polymyositis tend to have a higher risk for worse outcomes with older age, delay in cortisone treatment, cancer, lung or heart disease, or difficulty swallowing.
Can polymyositis be prevented?
There is no prevention for polymyositis. When the precise cause of polymyositis is identified, preventative measures might be possible.
Where can people find more information on polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
For further information about polymyositis, please visit the following site:
P.O. Box 19000
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Additional organization to contact:
National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Clearinghouse
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Medically reviewed by Kirkwood Johnston, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Rheumatology
American College of Rheumatology, Annual Scientific Meeting; November, 2006, 2007.
Koopman, William, et al., eds. Clinical Primer of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.
Ruddy, Shaun, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 2000.
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