Neuroscience/Muscle disorders

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Objectives

  • When presented with a patient s history and the results of a physical examination, students will be able to differentiate between myopathic and neurogenic muscle weakness based on the history and physical examination.
  • When presented with a patient s history and the results of a physical examination students can begin to formulate a differentiate diagnosis for myopathic weakness into broad diagnostic categories, based on the pattern of weakness. Diagnostic categories include the inflammatory myopathies, muscular dystrophies, other inherited myopathies, endocrine myopathies, toxic myopathies, and channelopathies/myotonias.
  • When asked students can list the common drugs that can cause toxic myopathies.
  • When the diagnosis of a myopathy is suggested by the history and physical examination students will be able to formulate a logical sequence of investigations which will include taking a family history, appropriate biochemical and hematological investigations, electrophysiological studies, and sometimes tissue diagnosis (muscle biopsy).

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Exam

  • Lecture slides have lightbulbs
  • Myopathy patterns: 4 light bulbs

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