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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2016, Article ID 6430156, 6 pages
Case Report

A Case of New-Onset Dermatomyositis in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

1Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Rheumatology, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, 38020 Kayseri, Turkey
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, 38020 Kayseri, Turkey
3Department of Internal Medicine, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, 38020 Kayseri, Turkey

Received 27 March 2016; Revised 20 May 2016; Accepted 30 May 2016

Academic Editor: Michael Geary

Copyright © 2016 Tayfun Akalin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Dermatomyositis (DM), a subtype of idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs), is characterized by skin rash, proximal muscle weakness, and inflammatory infiltrates in the muscle tissue. The peak incidence of the disease is at the age of 50–60 years, and only 14% of the patients with IIMs are estimated to present during reproductive years. Because of the limited pregnancy experience in patients with IIMs, little is known regarding the effects of DM on pregnancy or vice versa. We herein report a 40-year-old woman who developed DM in the second trimester of her pregnancy and did not respond to treatment with methylprednisolone. Her pregnancy was terminated at the 32nd week of gestation, due to preeclampsia and fetal distress. She delivered a healthy baby and improved rapidly after delivery. We have searched PubMed for relevant articles and reviewed previously published cases.