Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM)
Inclusion body myositis is a rare, little known muscle disease, with no effective drug treatment.
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Inclusion body myositis, sometimes called sporadic inclusion body myositis, causes gradually worsening muscle weakness, usually starting after the age of 40 or 50. Many people slowly progress from normal walking, to using a cane, then a walker, and finally a wheelchair over a time period of about 15 years, although this is extremely variable. Hand function worsens. Many people with IBM eventually become disabled, in some cases losing the ability to move their arms and legs, and also the ability to swallow. The age of onset and the rate of progression vary significantly from patient to patient.
The cause is unknown. The disease is characterized by muscle inflammation and muscle degeneration, but it has not been determined if the inflammation causes the degeneration, or if the degeneration causes the inflammation, or if something else starts the disease process.
Scientists and doctors are studying IBM, but they need more support. The disease is little known and underfunded, even when compared with other rare diseases. We have the tools. Research techniques have improved tremendously. Lack of money is the main obstacle slowing research progress. Now is the time to make a difference!
Introduction to Inclusion Body Myositis
What is IBM? Who gets it? How common is it?
The diagnosis of inclusion body myositis is based on symptoms of muscle weakness, physical exam findings, and several additional tests.
Inclusion body myositis has no generally effective medical therapy, but many things can be done to improve the lives of people with IBM.
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