Muscle Weakness Predicts Disability in Scleroderma

Author: Wayne Kuznar
Date Published: March-2016
Source: MedPage Today

Muscle weakness was independently associated with disability in patients with scleroderma, and as muscle weakness worsened, disability also increased, according to findings from a retrospective, nested, case control study. Patients with muscle weakness had an average Health Assessment Questionnaire-Disability Index (HAQ-DI) of 1.4, which indicates moderate to severe disability, according to Julie J. Paik, MD, MHS, and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.