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Muscle atrophy

Muscle atrophy: Introduction

Muscle atrophy: Decrease in size and bulk of muscle. See detailed information below for a list of 351 causes of Muscle atrophy, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Muscle atrophy:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Muscle atrophy. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Muscle atrophy:

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Muscle atrophy: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Muscle atrophy, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Stories from Users for Muscle atrophy

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Message Boards for Muscle atrophy

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Diagnostic tests for Muscle atrophy:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Muscle atrophy. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Measure body mass index (BMI) - i.e. weight in kg/(height in metres) squared. Anorexia nervosa is less than 17.5 and may feature muscle wasting.
    • Shake hands with person. If the person is unable to relax their handgrip this suggests myotonia (an inability to relax muscles after voluntary contraction). The commonest cause of this is the muscle disease dystrophia myotonica
    • General inspection of the entire body musculature with the person undressed. Compare one side with the other for wasting and try to work out which muscle groups are involved (proximal, distal or generalized, symmetrical or asymmetrical)
    • Inspect for muscle fasciculations (irregular contractions of small areas of muscle which have no rhythmical pattern, are present at rest but not during voluntary movement). This suggests motor neurone disease, motor nerve root compression or peripheral neuropathy
    • Peripheral nervous system examination including muscular tone, power, reflexes, coordination and sensation
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Medications or substances causing Muscle atrophy:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Muscle atrophy as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Muscle atrophy: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Muscle atrophy may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Muscle atrophy

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Muscle atrophy. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Muscle atrophy: Deaths

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Muscle atrophy: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Causes of Muscle atrophy listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Muscle atrophy as a symptom include:

Definitions of Muscle atrophy:

Derangement in size and number of muscle fibers occurring with aging, reduction in blood supply, or following immobilization, prolonged weightlessness, malnutrition, and particularly in denervation.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Muscle atrophy:

The list of organs typically affected by Muscle atrophy may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Muscle atrophy

The list below shows some of the causes of Muscle atrophy mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Muscle atrophy?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Muscle atrophy. Of the 351 causes of Muscle atrophy that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 7 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 3 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 17 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 325 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Muscle atrophy:

The following list of conditions have 'Muscle atrophy' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Muscle atrophy:

The following list of medical conditions have Muscle atrophy or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


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Causes of Muscle atrophy Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Muscle atrophy based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Muscle atrophy?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Muscle atrophy, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Muscle atrophy:

    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Muscle atrophy:

    Subtypes of Muscle atrophy:

    Testicular atrophy (56 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Muscle atrophy:

    Muscle symptoms (7251 causes), Thinness (528 causes), Weight loss (2248 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Weight symptoms (2043 causes)

    Symptoms related to Muscle atrophy:

    Muscle weakness (4300 causes), Paralysis (325 causes), Diabetes (212 causes), Rheumatoid arthritis (17 causes), Motor neurone diseases, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Chronic infection, Tuberculosis, Muscle disuse, Joint disuse, Arthritis (224 causes), Joint injuries, Joint inflammation

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