DWQA QuestionsCategory: QuestionsMCADD senior adult query on small muscles in chest wall
Cathy Berner asked 5 years ago
Previously I you responded to my question:

Does MCADD affect the small muscles in the chest wall, making it feel difficult to breathe but not affecting lung function?

“Significant muscle weakness with MCAD is unusual but not impossible. It sounds like you need to have some additional formal evaluation including pulmonary function tests. That should help tell if there is muscle weakness. You should talk to your metabolic doc about being seen. Hope this helps. Dr. Vockley”                                    
However, my lung function studies done a couple years ago were normal. They were done when I was asymptomatic. Is it still possible that MCADD could be affecting my chest wall sporadically giving me that heavy feeling or at times sore areas on my rib cage? Thank you.

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replied 5 years ago

Cathy,  I don’t think we can eliminate the possibility, though I think it’s unlikely. The only way to answer the question would be to have the testing repeated when you are having the symptoms. Hope this helps.  Dr. Vockley

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INFORM Scientific Network answered 3 years ago
Cathy,  I don’t think we can eliminate the possibility, though I think it’s unlikely. The only way to answer the question would be to have the testing repeated when you are having the symptoms. Hope this helps.  Dr. Vockley