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Interstitial lung disease (ILD) frequently accompanies polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM) and is a major cause of mortality. The rapid diagnosis of ILD is paramount. However, the early changes of presymptomatic ILD are difficult to detect. We present a patient with DM who had positive uptake in the lung of FDG-PET/CT as well as 'mechanic's hands' appearance, increased serum ferritin and serum anti-CADM-140 antibody, all before the detection of ILD by CT. Although aggressive treatmentdoi:10.2169/internalmedicine.51.6813 pmid:22728501 fatcat:gpcclocfb5d3zbxqc5ipq733m4