Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy and the risk of venous thromboembolism: a meta-analysis

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This study aimed at analyzing published data on the association between idiopathic inflammatory myopathy and venous thromboembolism (VTE). We examined studies on VTE risk in patients with polymyositis (PM) and/or dermatomyositis (DM), in the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases and via manual searches. We performed a meta-analysis on the relative risks (RRs) of VTE, pulmonary embolism (PE), and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in these patients. Five studies, including 8858 patients with PM/DM met the inclusion criteria. Meta-analysis revealed a significant association between PM/DM and VTE risk (RR = 4.364, 95% CI 2.128–8.949, p = 5.8 × 10−5). A significant association was found between PE risk and PM/DM (RR = 3.504, 95% CI 2.856–4.300, p < 1.0 × 10−8). Meta-analysis also indicated a significant association between DVT risk and PM/DM (RR = 7.481, 95% CI 3.355–16.68, p = 8.7 × 10−7). This meta-analysis demonstrated that both types of PM/DM are associated with an elevated risk of VTE, PE, and DVT, suggesting that patients with PM/DM should be carefully monitored for development of these conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1165-1173
Number of pages9
JournalRheumatology International
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 1


  • Dermatomyositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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