EM1801D “The Many Faces of Myopathy” (IM GR-010518)

To provide a case-based overview of common myopathic syndromes or myositis-associated conditions for the general internist to consider.

Muscle weakness is a common complaint encountered by the general internist and this lecture will summarize clinical scenarios often encountered by physicians in their everyday practice. The differential diagnosis of myopathic syndromes extends beyond the assessment of muscle weakness and includes drug-induced myopathy and inflammatory myopathy. Statin-related muscle symptoms encompass common muscle –related complaints as well as the more serious complication of severe muscle weakness that has an autoimmune component. Myositis is also associated with systemic manifestations including interstitial lung disease. These syndromes are often unrecognized or identified later in the clinical course of a patient, which leads to significant morbidity and mortality.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the various cause of muscle weakness relevant to the internist
  • Recognize drug-induced myopathic syndromes
  • Understand and recognize the systemic features of inflammatory myopathies beyond myositis
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Chester V. Oddis, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director, Myositis Center University of Pittsburgh
Division of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology
Ray A. and Robert L. Kroc Lectureship in Rheumatology,
in Memory of Dr. Morris Ziff

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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