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

Updated: Dec 28, 2017
  • Author: Courtney A Bethel, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Indications of which muscle groups are involved include the following symptoms:

  • Proximal muscle weakness: Difficulty rising from chairs, getting out of the bathtub, climbing stairs, and/or shaving or combing the hair
  • Weakness of distal muscles: Weak grasp, handwriting problems, and walking difficulties, (eg, flapping gait)

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