Management of Myositis-Related Interstitial Lung Disease

Julie Morisset, Cheilonda Johnson, Eric Rich, Harold R. Collard, Joyce S. Lee

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Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a frequent pulmonary manifestation and an important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathy. Myositis-related ILD presents a therapeutic challenge for clinicians, as there are no available guidelines to help with management decisions. This review covers the existing evidence on the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management of myositis-related ILD, highlighting the lack of randomized controlled data to guide treatment. Given the absence of existing guidelines to inform treatment decisions, we provide a comprehensive summary, including dosing, side effects, and suggested monitoring of the commonly used immunosuppressive agents and a proposed treatment algorithm based on the existing literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1118-1128
Number of pages11
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • interstitial lung disease
  • myositis
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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