Inclusion body myositis - Muscular Dystrophy Queensland

Inclusion body myositis (IBM)

One of the most common disabling inflammatory myopathies in those over the age of 50 is inclusion body myositis (IBM).

Inflammatory myopathy is also known as myositis. The word “myo” represents muscle, and the “itis” root represents inflammation; thus, myositis is an inflammatory disease of the muscles.

Most often, inclusion body myositis affects the wrists, fingers, and front of the thigh muscles. It may also affect the muscles that lift the front of the foot.

There are rare cases in which the muscles involved in swallowing may also be affected, resulting in symptoms like frequent chest infections or choking when eating or drinking which can lead to frequent chest infections when food or fluids enter the lungs instead of the stomach.

There are two types of IBM

IBM sub 1
IBM sub 2

Inclusion Body Myositis

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