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The Neurology Center at Mercy in Baltimore specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders, such as myopathy. Our neurologists use a variety of tests to diagnose neurological symptoms and disorders.
Myopathy is a muscle disease or neuromuscular disease in which the muscle fibers do not work properly for many reasons. As a result, myopathy creates muscle weakness in specific areas of the body that make it difficult to stand, walk, chew, swallow and talk.
Myopathy can be inherited or acquired. The most common development of myopathy comes from muscle weakness and dehydration which cause stiffness or cramping. Other causes include immune disorders that produce pain and inflammation. Other causes may include:
Symptoms can vary, depending on the particular type of myopathy and the cause. Myopathy symptoms may include:
To diagnose myopathy, the doctor will perform a neurological exam to identify the type and cause. Diagnostic tests may include:
The doctor will treat myopathy based on the results of the testing and will focus on treating the cause. Treatment may include:
Experienced neurologists of The Neurology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, utilize advanced diagnostic tools, such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyogram (EMG), for the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders and neuromuscular conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, entrapment neuropathy, epilepsy, headaches, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis.
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Dr. Bonnie Gerecke, Director of The Neurology Center and Chief of Neurology and Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Mercy Medical Center, offers expertise in diagnosing, evaluating and managing neuromuscular disease.