Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Muscle Inflammation Anatomy

To better understand myositis, it helps to understand the anatomy of the muscles.

Muscles make up about 40% of total body weight. The human body contains over 300 muscles that provide movement for the entire body.

Examples of major muscles include the:

  • Whole body view
  • Abdominal muscles
  • Face
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Shoulder
  • Arm
  • Neck
  • Thigh
  • Leg

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Muscle Inflammation References
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