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Not to be confused with meiosis, miosis, mitosis, or myosotis.
Classification and external resources
Specialty rheumatology
ICD-10 M60
ICD-9-CM 729.1
OMIM 160750
DiseasesDB 29473
MedlinePlus 001245
MeSH D009220

Myositis is a general term for inflammation of the muscles. Many such conditions are considered likely to be caused by autoimmune conditions, rather than directly due to infection[1] (although autoimmune conditions can be activated or exacerbated by infections.) It is also a documented side effect of the lipid-lowering drugs statins and fibrates.

Elevation of creatine kinase in blood is indicative of myositis.


Types of myositis include:

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