Myopathy, Endocrine

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Myopathies are associated with a number of different endocrinopathies related to thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pituitary dysfunction. These 'endocrine myopathies' are typically characterized by the insidious onset of proximal muscle weakness, and recovery generally occurs with treatment of the underlying hormonal abnormality. In most instances, the myopathy associated with endocrine disease is a minor component of the clinical disorder; however, occasionally, as in patients with a thyrotoxic myopathy, the neuromuscular manifestations may be the presenting feature of the endocrinopathy. Endocrine myopathies should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a patient with symptoms of fatigue, myalgia, cramps, or weakness. They should also be considered in patients presenting with worsening symptoms from a preexisting neuromuscular condition or in patients responding poorly to treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Acromegaly
  • Corticosteroid-induced myopathy
  • Hyperparathyroid myopathy
  • Hypoparathyroid myopathy
  • Hypothyroid myopathy
  • Kocher-Debre-Semelaigne syndrome
  • Myoedema
  • Osteomalacia
  • Thyroid ophthalmopathy
  • Thyroid storm
  • Thyrotoxic myopathy
  • Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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