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Misdiagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis

Alternative diagnoses list for Inclusion Body Myositis:

For a diagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Inclusion Body Myositis:

Diseases for which Inclusion Body Myositis may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Inclusion Body Myositis is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis:

The disorder is very similar to another inflammatory myopathy called polymyositis. In fact, IBM is often diagnosed in cases of polymyositis that are unresponsive to therapy. However, IBM has its own distinctive features. The onset of muscle weakness in IBM is generally gradual (over months or years). Also, IBM, which occurs more frequently in men than women, affects both the proximal (closest to the center of the body) and distal (farthest from the center of the body) muscles. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Inclusion Body Myositis Information Page: NINDS)

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis or confirming a diagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Inclusion Body Myositis may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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