What Is Polymyositis?

By james
Jun 27, 2020
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2. Risk Factors

There is no exact science in regard to who does or does not contract polymyositis. There are, however, certain demographics that can make somebody more likely to get the condition than others. For example, it is rare in children, affects women more than men, and usually affects people between 30 and 60 years old. Another risk factor is people who have already had other types of autoimmune disorder, particularly lupus, scleroderma, Sjogrens syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. There is also a link with diseases that affect breathing, and also HIV/AIDS. None of these factors guarantee the patient will contract polymyositis, and people without these factors can still catch the condition.


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