Myopathic changes are weakness or biopsy results that suggest a muscle disorder. The muscle disorder can be inherited, such as muscular dystrophy, or acquired, such as alcoholic myopathy.
The main symptom is weakness.
Other symptoms include cramps and stiffness.
Signs and tests
An electromyogram can confirm a myopathy.
Sometimes, a muscle biopsy is done. This allows a tissue sample to be examined under a microscope and may confirm a specific disease.
Treatment depends on the cause. It usually includes:
- Physical therapy
- Preventing the condition from getting worse
- Surgery (sometimes)
Chinnery PF. Muscle diseases. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 429.