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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 3742-3744

Remission of recalcitrant dermatomyositis following a chiropractic adjustment


1 New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, New York Medical Group, Hong Kong, China
2 Department of Health Sciences, Lincoln University College, Jalan Kota Bharu - Pengkalan Kubor, 15050 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

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Eric C P Chu
New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, 41/F Langham Place Office Tower, 8 Argyle Street, Hong Kong, China
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_839_19

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Dermatomyositis (DM) is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy characterized by progressive muscle weakness and pathognomonic skin eruptions. Systemic corticosteroid with or without an immunosuppressive agent is the current treatment of choice in most cases. Cutaneous disease in DM is often refractory and can become the most challenging component to manage effectively. Here, we report a case of recalcitrant DM in a 66-year-old female who sought chiropractic attention for recent episodes of pain and paresthesia in the neck and exacerbation of joint pain. As expected, the musculoskeletal complaints including neck pain, peripheral arthralgia, and muscle weakness that resolved within 1 month after starting treatment. Unexpectedly, dramatic remission of the characteristic skin rashes occurred concurrently. The underlying therapeutic mechanisms of chiropractic remain elusive. This case highlights the importance of family physicians becoming familiar with diagnosing the condition and using a multidisciplinary team approach to treat recalcitrant DM.


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