Inclusion body myositis (IBM) is a slowly progressive and heterogeneous disorder that is a challenge for measuring clinical trial efficacy. The current methods of measuring progression of the disease utilizes the Inclusion Body Myositis Functional Rating Scale, grip strength by dynamometer, and finger flexor strength. One of the hallmarks of the disease is selective deep finger flexor weakness. To date, no adequate data has been available to determine how well the Functional Rating Scale relates to this hallmark physical exam deficit. Our study is the first to investigate the degree of correlation between items pertaining to hand function in the Functional Rating Scale with measured grip and finger flexor strength in IBM patients. We have found a lower than expected correlation with finger flexor strength and even lower with grip strength. The current Functional Rating Scale will benefit from optimization to measure clinical progression more accurately.
- Functional rating scale
- Inclusion body myositis