Myositis is an inflammation or swelling of the muscles, often caused by injury, infection, or an autoimmune disorder.
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Review Date: 5/24/2011
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.