As the symptoms often develop insidiously at the beginning of the disease and are non-specific, it can take months or even years before a diagnosis is made. The diagnosis is also complicated by the fact that there are many other diseases that cause muscular problems. A differentiated diagnosis by specialists is therefore extremely important. The scope of the diagnosis is adapted to the individual patient.
Muscle strength and function test
Using internationally standardised and validated tests, limitations in muscle strength and endurance are recorded and can thus be taken into account for therapy decisions. Patients for whom no further clarification is desired can be specially assigned for muscle testing.
Interdisciplinary consultation for inflammatory myopathies
This consultation is suitable for patients with inflammatory myopathy who either suffer from complex organ involvement or in whom it is difficult to differentiate clinically from neuromuscular disease patterns. Patients are examined together with specialists from other disciplines and discussed in a joint case presentation. A joint recommendation is made to the referring physician.
Outpatient myositis assessment
This is a standardised assessment for patients with inflammatory myopathy to determine the status of their condition, followed by a discussion of the findings. Within half a day, several procedures are performed: an evaluation of muscle strength and function of affected muscle groups and a laboratory examination as well as optionally an MRI, an E(N)MG or cardiopulmonary screening examinations or a capillary microscopy.
Inpatient myositis assessment
This is a short inpatient assessment for patients with suspected or diagnosed myopathy with close cooperation between doctors from various disciplines, physiotherapy specialists, nursing staff and social workers. The goals are to establish a diagnosis, determine the status and/or optimise therapy.