This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
|Fatty replacement of skeletal muscle||0012548|
|Foot dorsiflexor weakness||
|Mildly elevated creatine kinase||0008180|
|Muscle fiber inclusion bodies||0100299|
|Tibialis muscle weakness||0008963|
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Absent Achilles reflex||
Absent ankle reflexes
|EMG: myopathic abnormalities||0003458|
|EMG: myotonic discharges||0100284|
|EMG: positive sharp waves||0030007|
|Hip flexor weakness||0012515|
|Increased variability in muscle fiber diameter||0003557|
|Limited shoulder movement||0006467|
|Limited wrist extension||0006251|
|Shoulder girdle muscle weakness||
Weak shoulder muscles
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormal right hemidiaphragm morphology||0040047|
|Abnormality of the foot musculature||
Abnormal foot muscles
|Lower limb amyotrophy||0007210|
Winged shoulder blade
|Shoulder girdle muscle atrophy||
Shoulder girdle muscle wasting
Shoulder-girdle muscle atrophy[ more ]
|1%-4% of people have these symptoms|
Disease of the heart muscle
|Distal lower limb muscle weakness||0009053|
|Weakness of long finger extensor muscles||0009077|
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
Symptoms begin in adulthood
|Deposits immunoreactive to beta-amyloid
Distal muscle wasting
|Distal muscle weakness||
Weakness of outermost muscles
|Elevated serum creatine kinase||
Elevated blood creatine phosphokinase
Elevated circulating creatine phosphokinase
Elevated creatine kinase
Elevated serum CPK
Elevated serum creatine phosphokinase
High serum creatine kinase
Increased creatine kinase
Increased creatine phosphokinase
Increased serum CK
Increased serum creatine kinase
Increased serum creatine phosphokinase[ more ]
Impaired gait[ more ]
Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.
Researchers at Hadassah, USC, UCLA, UCSD, Johns Hopkins University, Canada, NIH, and Japan are contributing towards finding an effective treatment. Information about treatments which are on the horizon are described in a publication from the Advancement of Research for Myopathies which can be accessed by clicking here.
If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
Differential diagnosis includes other adult-onset distal myopathies with rimmed vacuolar pathology (i.e. distal myopathy, Welander type; tibial muscular dystrophy; adult-onset distal myopathy due to VCP mutation; and vocal cord and pharyngeal distal myopathy), myofibrillar myopathies, and Laing early-onset distal myopathy.
Visit the Orphanet disease page for more information.
Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
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