Sarcopenia and Myopathies in the Elderly

  • Kenneth S. O’RourkeEmail author


Muscle disease symptoms and myopathies are not uncommon in the elderly population. Inflammatory and noninflammatory myopathies lead primarily to proximal extremity or axial weakness and are superimposed upon the intrinsic age-related changes that occur in muscle mass, strength, and function (sarcopenia). This chapter surveys the more common myopathies in the elderly population based upon a review of the process of sarcopenia, and how these age-related changes in muscle structure and function affect the results of the standard assessments of muscle disease in the elderly individual.


Muscle Myopathy Myositis Sarcopenia 


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  1. 1.Medical Center BlvdWake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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