Azathioprine Therapy in Polymyositis

Merrill D. Benson, Marlene A. Aldo

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Four patients with polymyositis were treated with azathioprine. Each had been treated initially with prednisone and had become unresponsive or suffered severe complications of steroid therapy. Response to azathioprine therapy, as measured by improvement in muscle strength and decrease in serum enzyme levels, was favorable in all patients. Treatment with azathioprine permitted decrease in prednisone dosage with resultant resolution of steroid side effects. No important complications of azathioprine therapy were encountered. We advocate the use of azathioprine in the treatment of polymyositis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-551
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1973


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  • Internal Medicine

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