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Neuromuscular ultrasound in the evaluation of inclusion body myositis
  1. Quang Vu,
  2. Michael Cartwright
  1. Department of Neurology, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Quang Vu, qvu{at}


This case report illustrates the role of using neuromuscular ultrasound to diagnose inclusion body myositis (IBM) in a patient who was previously diagnosed with polymyositis. Emerging studies have demonstrated the accuracy of MRI in detecting the selective involvement of the flexor digitorum profundus muscle in those with IBM. However, there have been only few reports on the use of ultrasound in diagnosing this condition. Our case demonstrates the benefit of using this ultrasonographic approach, which is simple, clear, inexpensive, painless and radiation-free, and provides another modality to assist in the evaluation of this sometimes difficult to diagnose condition.

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  • Contributors QV was the primary author of the manuscript and interpreted the results. MC involved in the revision process and gave the approval for submission.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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