Myopathies Questions & Answers

Updated: Dec 28, 2017
  • Author: Courtney A Bethel, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are myopathies?

What should be the focus of history in the evaluation of myopathies?

What are the signs and symptoms of myopathies?

How does the acuity of symptom onset aid in the diagnosis of myopathies?

Which symptoms aid in determining which muscle groups are involved with myopathies?

Which tests are performed in the evaluation of myopathies?

What are the treatment options for myopathies?

What are myopathies?

What is the pathophysiology of myopathies?

What is etiology of idiopathic myopathies?

What is acute alcoholic myopathies?

What are the infectious causes of myopathies?

What are the endocrine causes of myopathies?

Which medications may cause myopathy?

What is acute periodic paralysis?

What are thyrotoxic paralysis and Conn syndrome?

What are muscular dystrophies?

What is the prognosis of myopathies?

Presentation

What should be the focus of history in the evaluation of suspected myopathies?

What are the symptoms of myopathies?

What is the significance of acuity of symptom onset in the evaluation of myopathies?

Which symptoms help to determine which muscle group is involved in a suspected myopathy?

Which physical findings suggest myopathies?

What are the complications of myopathies?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Myopathies?

Workup

Which lab tests are performed in the evaluation of myopathies?

Which electrocardiographic (ECG) findings suggest hypokalemia in patients with myopathies?

Which tests may be performed to identify the cause of myopathy?

Treatment

What is included in emergency department care (ED) of myopathies?

Which specialist consultations may be beneficial in the treatment of myopathies?