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Polymyositis, not polymyalgia rheumatica.
  1. N D Hopkinson,
  2. D J Shawe,
  3. J M Gumpel
  1. Department of Rheumatology, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex.


    The distinction between polymyalgia rheumatica and polymyositis is important for treatment and prognosis. Four elderly patients were diagnosed and treated for polymyalgia: raised creatine kinase led to muscle biopsy and a diagnosis of polymyositis.

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