Myopathy is Treated by Mercy's Expert Neurologists

Neurosurgery at Mercy Baltimore

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.  

About the Condition

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.

What causes Myopathy?

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:

  • Toxins
  • Infection
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Hereditary conditions
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms can vary, depending on the particular type of myopathy and the cause. Myopathy symptoms may include:

  • Inflammation
  • Muscle cramps
  • Spasms
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness

To diagnose myopathy, the doctor will perform a neurological exam to identify the type and cause. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • Blood test
  • EMG
  • Muscle biopsy
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Treatment Options

The doctor will treat myopathy based on the results of the testing and will focus on treating the cause. Treatment may include: