Due to Minicore Myopathy being a muscle weakening and wasting disease it becomes the case that having weak muscles causes other conditions to develope. These are known as "secondary conditions." People tend to be more affected by what Minicore Myopathy causes than the actual muscle weakness itself. Below you will find a list of secondary conditions that have been known in cases of Minicore Myopathy. Before reading further it's very important that you know that no 2 people with this condition are the same. Some may have only a few secondary conditions, others may have quite a lot and some even have none at all. Everyone is different. Some people have weaker legs, while others have weaker arms. It varies SO much. But as we believe knowledge is power is it good to get familiar with the secondary conditions that COULD potentially crop up sooner or later. Alot of newly diagnosed families have found that knowing before hand has made the diagnosis of eg. Scoliosis less of a shock and knowing what it was and if it can be treated gave them a sense of confidence in where to go from there.
To know MORE about particular secondary conditions click on the conditions title above the brief description.
A important complication patients with Minicore Myopathy have a high suseptability to. We advise all newly diagnosed families to read up on our MH information page as a top priority!
Floppy baby syndrome
About a condition now called "Hypotonia" that is one of the first signs of signs the child has some kind of Neurologist/Neuromuscular Disorder. A diagnosis of Hypotonia is a symptom of Minicore Myopathy, but in turn holds it's own symptoms too. Please click on the above link for more information.
FAILURE TO THRIVE
Information on feeding, swallowing and weight issues with Minicore Myopathy. On this page you'll find helpful information, advice and support on a variety of levels when it comes to nutrition.
Many children with Minicore are double jointed and have hypermobility. This is due to skeletal muscle weakness and although some people see being "flexible" as a positive, sometimes it can bring with it joint pain and joint dislocations. This page covers lots of issues and advice for children and adults dealing with hypermobility.
club foot/other foot deformities
Foot deformities are a common occurance. Here you'll find out information on different types and be given helpful advice on treatments and surgeries to correct them.
+ Scoliosis & Spinal problems +
Scoliosis is a important complication in patients with Minicore Myopathy. It can develope at any point and is often progressive. Here we provide a wealth of information on Scoliosis and other associated spinal deformities. Optional treatments and surgeries. Aswell as stories and advice from families that have gone through this.
People that have mobility limitations are vunerable to developing contractures. This is especially so with those with muscle disease. Contractures need to be looked out for and frequent stretches done by a qualified Physical Therapist to stop it from progressing. Please click above for more information.
Also known as "Hip Displasia" is a tricky complication and is fairly common. It's important to get a knowledgable Orthopedic surgeon on board who has knowledge of dislocations on persons with muscle disease for the best outcome where hip dislocations are present. Click above to learn more!
external progressive ophthlamoplegia
This condition is associated with the "Ophthlamoplegic form" of Minicore Myopathy which means the muscles around the eyes that deal with eye movements grow progressively weaker and results in the person having a fixed gaze. To learn more about EPO please click above.
restrictive lung disease
As the lungs become affected by muscle weakness, specialists term this as having "Restrictive Lung Disease." Many people are adviced to start using Non-Invasive Ventilation at night (such as a machine called a BiPAP) that helps work with your lungs to expand them to take in deeper breathes. The diaphram can also become almost paralysed which affects breathing significantly. So can any related chest/rib cage deformities. This page is full of information on different issues concerning the breathing muscles in Minicore Myopathy, aswell as helpful advice, support and outside links.
+ cardio myopathies +
Though heart muscle involvement sounds frightening there are many medications to help manage this condition. Many types of Cardio Myopathy have been documented in medical literature and this page discusses the various types, treatment options and where to get support on managing your condition.
mitral valve prolapse
MVP is a rare heart complication where the valves of the heart don't contract strongly enough when beating that blood starts to leak through. This can cause a heart murmur and palpitations amongst other symptoms. There are medications to manage the symptoms and surgery to replace the valve in question is optional depending on your overall health. Please click above to learn more.
Arthrogryposis is associated with the form of Minicore known as "Antenatal form with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita." It means the individual was born with contracted/twisted joints. Casting and surgeries are often done to straighten joints so they become more functional. For more information please click the above link.
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