Myocardial involvement is frequently present in Xp21-linked muscular dystrophy, due to a lack of dystrophin in cardiac fibres. We describe a 41-yr-old man affected by dilated cardiomyopathy with sporadic episodes of myoglobinuria induced by effort and increased levels of serum creatine kinase. Very mild signs of skeletal myopathy were clinically evident. His mother was affected by an indefinite cardiopathy and suddenly died when she was 36 yr old. Muscle biopsy of the patient showed a dystrophic process. Dystrophin analysis together with a genetic DMD locus study led us to diagnose Becker type muscular dystrophy, with truncated dystrophin and a gene deletion extending from exon 45 to 48. Prevalent cardiac involvement in a Becker type mutation of the dystrophin gene further confirms clinical variability of dystrophinopathies.
|Autori:||Siciliano G; Fanin M; Angelini C; Pollina LE; Miorin M; Saad FA; Freda MP; Muratorio A|
|Titolo:||Prevalent cardiac involvement in dystrophin Becker type mutation.|
|Anno del prodotto:||1994|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|