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Myopathy
ICD-10 G71 - G72
ICD-9 359.4 - 359.9
OMIM [1]
DiseasesDB 8723
MedlinePlus [2]
eMedicine emerg/328
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In medicine, a myopathy is a neuromuscular disease in which the muscle fibers do not function for any one of many reasons, resulting in muscular weakness. "Myopathy" simply means muscle disease (myo- Greek μυσ "muscle" + -pathy Greek "suffering"). This meaning implies that the primary defect is within the muscle, as opposed to the nerves ("neuropathies" or "neurogenic" disorders) or elsewhere (e.g., the brain etc.). Muscle cramps, stiffness, and spasm can also be associated with myopathy.

ClassesEdit

Because myopathy is such a general term, there are several classes of myopathy.... (ICD-10 codes are provided where available.)

TreatmentsEdit

Because different types of myopathies are caused by many different pathways, there is no single treatment for myopathy. Treatments range from treatment of the symptoms to very specific cause-targeting treatments. Drug therapy, physical therapy, bracing for support, surgery, and even acupuncture are current treatments for a variety of myopathies.


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