A molecular genetics-based epidemiological investigation was carried out in 1997 in the territory of North-West Tuscany, central Italy, to calculate incidence and prevalence rates of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD). Results were compared with a previous epidemiological study conducted in the same area in 1981, in the pre-dystrophin era. Routine adoption of methods of molecular diagnosis determined an increase in prevalence of BMD from 1.06 x 10(-5) to 2.42 x 10(-5) inhabitants, while cumulative incidence of DMD was markedly decreased from 23.12 x 10(-5) during the period 1965-1976 to 10.71 x 10(-5) male live births during the period 1977 1994. The combined reduction of DMD/BMD diagnostic error rate and familial recurrence could explain these results, providing the bases for a consistent redefinition of dystrophinopathy carrier frequency in the area considered.
|Autori:||Siciliano G; Tessa A; Renna M; Manca ML; Mancuso M; Murri L|
|Titolo:||Epidemiology of dystrophinopathies in North-West Tuscany: a molecular genetics-based revisitation.|
|Anno del prodotto:||1999|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|