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Diseases that affect skeletal muscle - muscles that are connected to bones, like the biceps in the upper arm and quadriceps in the thigh - are often referred to as "myopathies." Myopathies can be caused by several different factors, including inherited genetic defects (e.g., the muscular dystrophies), endocrine or glandular defects, inflammation (e.g., polymyositis), or biochemical or metabolic abnormalities.
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Neuromuscular Disease Center - Review of various muscle, nerve and neuromuscular disorders; links to relevant sites. Multicore Myopathy - Offers an informational and support site for all myopathies. Centronuclear & Myotubular Myopathy - British information point for sufferers and their families of these disorders and associated muscle abnormalities. Rhabdomyolysis - Information about the medical condition rhabdomyolysis, complete with tables, pictures, and diagrams. Familial Desminopathy - Desmin related myopathy is a disorder characterized by accumulation of desmin in the muscle cells. It can be dominantly inherited or occur spontaneously, its effects can range from mild to severe. Advancement of Research for Myopathies - A non-profit organization with the primary goal of speeding up bio-medical research on IBM2, the Autosomal Recessive form of Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathies (HIBM). Includes a message board. Myotubular Myopathy Resource Group - Information and support for parents and medical professionals about x-linked, autosomal recessive, and autosomal dominant forms of MTM. Includes a web-based discussion group, newsletter, FAQs, articles, tips, current research, and family stories. Familial Periodic Paralyses - Information sheet compiled by NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. NINDS: Inclusion Body Myositis - Also known as inflammatory myopathy, an information sheet compiled by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Myopathy - Information sheet compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
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