What is a Titin Myopathy?
- In medical terms, “Myo” refers to muscle.
- And “-opathy” at the end of a word means that the word describes a medical disease or condition.
- So “myopathy” is a medical illness involving muscles.
- Myopathies result in muscle weakness and muscle fatigue.
- “Titin Myopathy” is a specific category of myopathy where the myopathy (muscle problem) is caused by an abnormality of the Titin protein.
Terminology: “Titin Myopathy” versus “Titinopathy”
- “Titin Myopathy” is sometimes referred to as “Titinopathy.”
- “Titin Myopathy” means it is a muscle disorder (myopathy) due to a problem with the titin protein.
- “Titinopathy” means a medical condition involving a problem with the titin protein. This word does not specify that the problem impairs the muscles.
- Either term can be used, but “Titin Myopathy” explicitly lets the reader know that the affected patient is suffering from a muscle (“myo”) problem.
How severe are Titin Myopathies?
- The severity of titin myopathies (titinopathies) is variable.
- Some patients have milder symptoms while others are much more severely effected.