Gracillis MYOPATHY

Gracillis MYOPATHY

What is Gracillis Myopathy?

The gracilis muscle lies on the inner side of the hind leg and acts to pull the leg in. Fibrotic myopathy of the gracilis occurs when scar tissue forms in the muscle, causing an abnormal amount of tightness. It is not entirely clear what causes fibrotic myopathy (gracilis myopathy), but it may be due to trauma, repetitive low grade injury to the muscle, or genetic factors. Gracilis myopathy occurs more often in German Shepherds, particularly males. Fibrotic myopathy may be a simple (Mendelian) genetic disease in which a single mutation causes the condition.

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