|Sponsor||University College Hospitals|
|CI||Dr Matt Parton, Professor Michael Hanna|
|Sites||London Queen Square|
IBM is probably the commonest muscle disease beginning in
those aged over 50. It leads to progressive disability with a
characteristic pattern of muscle involvement. But the disease is not well
Its cause is unknown, there is no conclusive diagnostic test and it
has no treatment. Furthermore, information on the pattern and prognosis of IBM
is more based on clinical experience rather than firm fact.
The largest published data on the natural history of IBM followed only 11 patients for six months.
To better characterise IBM by gathering clinical data from as many cases as possible.
Serial standardised assessment (annually for five years)
will chart disease progression. It will expand knowledge of the natural history
of the illness.
Besides, this cohort of well-defined cases will be a valuable resource for potential future studies.